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Heat wave | meteorology

Heat wave | meteorology


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Heat wave | meteorology

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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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  • In 2010, the Russian heatwave, which covered 1,036,000 square km (400,000 square miles), killed 55,000 people.
  • The 2003 European heatwave killed over 30,000 people.
  • The U.S. heatwave and drought of 1988 killed more than 4,000 people.
  • In 2015, the Indian heatwave killed about 2,500 people.


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