Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We're Feeling the Heat Much More These Days

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We're Feeling the Heat Much More These Days

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SUMMER heatwaves in the UK are up to three times more frequent today than they were in 1878, a study has shown.

The duration of heatwaves has also increased two to three-fold since the end of the 19th century, according to the research.

Scientists based the findings on data from the Central England Temperature (CET) record, the most extensive library of daily temperature measurements in the world.

By applying statistical techniques, the researchers explored the changing relationship between frequency, duration and intensity of heatwaves.

The team focused on days when temperatures rose above 28C, the definition of overheating under current UK building regulations.

Six day-long heatwaves occurring every five years typically see temperatures higher than this threshold, the study found. …

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