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Firefighters and volunteers battle a blaze near Loutraki in southern Greece. Vassilis Psomas/EPA

It’s a savage summer in the Northern Hemisphere – and climate change is slashing the odds of more heatwaves

From Greece, to the UK, to Japan and even Sweden, a slew of places in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering extreme heat. And the chances of extreme heat records tumbling are growing all the time.
A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record

This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
Extreme temperatures in Cordoba, Spain in June 2017. EPA/SALAS

Why hot weather records continue to tumble worldwide

In an unchanging climate, we would expect record-breaking temperatures to get rarer as the observation record grows longer. But in the real world the opposite is true - because we are driving up temperatures.
Wildfires in Tasmania in 2016 were in part the result of an extended dry period beginning in 2015. Rob Blakers

Climate change played a role in Australia’s hottest October and Tasmania’s big dry in 2015

October 2015 was the hottest on record for that month, and Tasmania had its driest ever spring.

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