France’s June heatwave at least ‘five times more likely’ with climate change

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Climate change alone made the record-setting heatwave that pushed temperatures in France above 45 degrees Celsius (113F) last week at least five times more likely, an international team of scientists said Tuesday.

Compared to June weather stretching back more than a century, the three-day peak from June 26-28 was four degrees Celsius warmer than an equally rare heatwave would have been in 1900, the World Weather Attribution team told journalists in a briefing.

In the report published on Tuesday, the World Weather Attribution said every heatwave occurring in Europe today "is made more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change."

The group said the heatwave that struck large parts of Europe last week "broke several historical records ... in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain."

(With AP)

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