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How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather

By Christopher J White, Head of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability & Public Health, University of Strathclyde
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A succession of record-breaking natural disasters have swept the globe in recent weeks. There have been serious floods in China and western Europe, heatwaves and drought in North America and wildfires in the sub-Arctic.

An annual report on the UK’s weather indicates extreme events are becoming commonplace in the country’s once mild climate. August 2020 saw temperatures hit 34°C on six consecutive days across…

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