Western Europe heatwave News

U.K. Endures Record High Temperatures During 2010s

The U.K. endured more high-temperature records during the 2010s than any decade over the last century, according to the nation’s weather service, attributing the trend to climate change. Four of the eight high-temperate extremes from the last decade occurred in …

Germany’s Forests Damaged by Droughts and Wildfires, Stoking Climate Debate

Germany’s forests – long a source of pride and national identity – are feeling the heat. A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees, fueling fears that the storied woods …

Europe’s Heatwave Was Even Hotter with Impact of Climate Change: Research

Heat scorched Western Europe this July in what will likely be confirmed as the hottest month in recorded history, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization. “This is not your grandfather’s summer,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez said. The …

UK Recorded Highest-Ever Temperature in Last Week’s Heatwave

The U.K. was never hotter. Last week temperatures reached 101.6 degrees Fahrenheit (38.7 Celsius) at the Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, the highest ever recorded in the U.K., according to a statement from the Met Office. Sweltering temperatures gripped …

Europe Faces Heatwave with London and Paris Expected to Break July Records

Europe is facing a second heatwave this summer, just weeks after the hottest June on record, intensifying concern over climate change and the rise in extreme weather events. Swathes of northwest Europe will struggle to remain cool as a blast …

Blast of Hot Air from Sahara Triggers Record Heatwave Across Europe

Europeans fought to stay cool as a blast of hot air from the Sahara desert sent temperatures to records in large parts of the continent and whipped up concern about climate change. Germany imposed speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches …

Sweltering Heatwave in Germany Sparks Wildfires, Forces Speed Cut on Autobahn

A blistering heatwave prompted Germany to impose speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches of its high-speed motorways Wednesday, the latest sign of extreme weather events ruffling Europe’s largest economy. State authorities are reducing speeds to as low as 100 kilometers …

Aon Benfield’s June Cat Report Highlights China Rains, Floods, U.S. Storms

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, has released its latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during June 2015. The report highlights the “seasonal …