"European Heat Waves Boosted By Climate Change, Scientists Say"

"As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is 'virtually certain' that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.

In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week - defined as three-day periods of excessive heat - are becoming much more frequent in the region.

In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly one-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists. It is now likely to happen every three-and-a-half years, they said."

Laurie Goering reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation July 3, 2015.

Source: Reuters, 07/06/2015