Mar 5, 2004

2003 summer hottest in 500 years

France
by
BBC News
Thousands of deaths were blamed on the heatwave. Photo: Glogster
Thousands of deaths were blamed on the heatwave. Photo: Glogster

European researchers say last summer was the hottest on the continent for at least five centuries. "When you consider Europe as a whole, it was by far the hottest," said Juerg Luterbacher of the University of Bern, Switzerland.