A heatwave is a prolonged period of abnormally high surface temperatures compared to the average maximum temperature. Heatwaves may occur over several weeks and cause weather-related mortality.
Increased heatwaves are associated with climate change. Heatwaves are characterised by low humidity - which may worsen drought conditions, or high humidity, which may cause heat-related stress, which includes heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heatstroke.
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