Aug 11, 2003

European heatwave death toll hits 40

Rome
Italy
by
Agence France-Presse
Sizzling hot summers may be the norm in Europe in the coming years. Photo: Duckorange
Sizzling hot summers may be the norm in Europe in the coming years. Photo: Duckorange

The heat wave has been caused by an anti-cyclone which has anchored itself firmly over the west European land mass, holding off rain-bearing depressions over the Atlantic and funnelling hot air north from Africa.

Although no clear evidence links the heat to global warming and greenhouse gas production, scientists at the World Meteorological Office point out that the world's 10 hottest recorded years have all taken place since 1987