The science of heatwaves: How will this week compare to 2003?

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Alex Morgan at #TheCube asks extreme weather expert Dr Dann Mitchell how this heatwave might compare to past summers, and if we're having more hot spells.


Comparisons are already being drawn between this week's European hot spell and the 2003 heatwave that claimed more than 19,000 lives in France — mostly elderly people.

Alex Morgan at #TheCube asks Dr Dann Mitchell of Bristol University, who studies climate change and extreme weather, if those comparisons are valid and whether the lessons have been learned of that deadly summer.

And what does science tell us about whether our weather is really getting worse?

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