An international team of scientists says climate change made it five times more likely that Europe would experience a powerful heat wave that was experienced in June.
This is according to findings released on Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution Network.
The findings looked into question of how the heat wave might have been linked to global warming.
Europe was gripped with the devastating heatwave with weather records in parts of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, and set an all-time high for France of 45.9° Celsius (114.6° Fahrenheit).
One hundred years ago, the three-day average temperature during a heat wave would have been about 4 degrees Celsius cooler, part of the findings read.
Early analysis using sophisticated climate models estimates that global warming made the elevated temperatures at least five times as likely as an “extremely conservative” estimate – and potentially over 100 times more likely than a century ago.
The upper estimate is far higher than in previous analyses of the role of climate change in heatwaves, suggesting its effects could be accelerating rapidly.
“This is a strong reminder that climate change is happening here and now,”
“This is a strong reminder that climate change is happening here and now. It is not a problem for our kids only,” said Friederike Otto, of the University of Oxford, a member of the World Weather Attribution group of climate scientists, who conducted the research.