Climate change made deadly UK heatwave at least 10 times more likely

The UK's heat wave earlier this month fueled so many blazes in London that the city's fire service was busier than any day since Nazi attacks in World War II

Low water levels reveal the bed of Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, UK. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Low water levels reveal the bed of Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, UK. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Eric Roston | Bloomberg
The UK’s heat wave earlier this month fueled so many blazes in London that the city’s fire service was busier than any day since Nazi attacks in World War II. More than 840 people may have died in England and Wales, according to a preliminary analysis. Now, a rapid scientific analysis of the event concludes that without climate change those conditions would have been “extremely unlikely.” 
 
World Weather Attribution, the research team that conducted the study, looked at the weather in the southern half of the country on July 18-19, analyzing both peak temperatures and two-day averages. The analysis, released

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First Published: Jul 29 2022 | 7:19 AM IST

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