The day the 2003 European heatwave record was broken

Mitchell, Dann; Kornhuber, Kai; Huntingford, Chris ORCID:; Uhe, Peter. 2019 The day the 2003 European heatwave record was broken. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3 (7). e290-e292.

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On June 28, 2019, a temperature of 45·9°C was recorded at a weather station in France, exceeding the country's previous temperature record—set during the infamous 2003 heatwave—by almost 2°C. The heatwave peaked over central and northern Europe, fuelled by a very persistent planetary-scale Rossby wave (giant meanders in upper-tropospheric winds), which turned into an omega block, so named because its shape resembles the Greek letter (Ω). This blocking event led to hot air from northern Africa being transferred to Europe. Given the extraordinary nature of this event, the public and media are now wondering: is such weather the new norm, and how bad could it get in the future?

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2542-5196
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 24 Jul 2019 10:57 +0 (UTC)

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