Or do record-breaking temperatures prove global warming is happening? No, they don’t. But that’s what the alarmists will claim every time there are record-breaking temperatures. And it doesn’t have to be in the summer either. Funny, though, record breaking cold days don’t count against global warming. Besides that, record-breaking high temps don’t mean anything other than we have not recorded temperatures for long enough.
What is the definition of a heat wave? There really isn’t a formal definition, but Environment Canada say it is typical with more than 2 days in a row above 32C. Thus a “heat wave” consists of days when the summer TMax is at its highest for a prolonged period.
In 2003 there was a heat wave in Europe. The alarmists went nuts. Even New Scientist said this:
At least 35,000 people died as a result of the record heatwave that scorched Europe in August 2003, says an environmental think tank. The Earth Policy Institute (EPI), based in Washington DC, warns that such deaths are likely to increase, as “even more extreme weather events lie ahead”.
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