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UK temperature reaches record highs as the heatwave hits records in Europe: live updates



Although temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit are not necessarily high in hotter regions, they are well above the seasonal average in much of Europe.

Many European cities are not designed to handle such temperatures. Air conditioners are rarer and public transport often has problems.

However, this could be the new normal: Climatologists warn that these extreme heat waves will become more frequent and severe due to the climate crisis.

Climate researchers predicted that rising global temperatures caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil and gas would lead to more heat waves, according to Stefan Rahmstorf, climatologist and professor at the University of Potsdam.

  People are cool on Wednesday in Fountains at Toldbod Plads in Aalborg, Denmark.
On Wednesday in Fountains at Toldbod Plads in Aalborg, Denmark warned that the number of extreme heatwaves is expected to double by 2050.

Meanwhile, a group of European scientists came to the conclusion that the June heatwave was at least five times more likely due to climate change.

"It's likely that it's much higher, but it's hard to quantify – our best estimate is that it's 100 times higher – we give the most conservative estimate," said Friederike Ott o of Oxford University who contributed to the research.

It's not just heat waves and it's not just Europe.

Countries around the world have experienced extreme weather catastrophes that could make entire regions incapacitated – India is teetering between extreme drought and deadly floods, 157 million Americans were hit by a stifling heat wave last week, and the Arctic is " unprecedented forest fires.


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