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Heat Waves (30 Papers)

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Warming United States Heat Waves2007 207(Medina-Ramon and Schwartz, 2007)https://doi.org/10.1136/oem.2007.033175These findings suggest that increases in heat-related mortality due to global warming are unlikely to be compensated for by decreases in cold-related mortality and that population acclimatisation to heat is still incomplete.
Anthropogenic United States Heat Waves2012 40(Duffy and Tebaldi, 2012)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-012-0396-6Analysis of observations and climate model results shows that previously rare (5th percentile) summertime average temperatures are presently occurring with greatly increased frequency in some regions of the 48 contiguous United States...this result is more consistent with the consequences of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations than with the effects of natural climate variability
Temporal South America Heat Waves2016 13(Ceccherini et al. 2016)https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-821-2016This study describes the extreme temperature regime of heat waves and cold waves across South America over recent years (1980-2014)...Results indicate an increase in intensity and in frequency of heat waves, especially in the last 10 years.
Temporal Europe Heat Waves2014 108(Fischer and Knutti 2014)https://doi.org/10.1002/2013GL058499The two gridded data sets, HadEX2 and GHCNDEX, consistently show an intensification of hot extremes ...over large parts of Europe, parts of northern Asia (around Mongolia) by 2-3K in the period 1960-2010...More than a third of the land fraction experienced trends that are larger than 1 K over the period 1960-2010.
Temporal Global Heat Waves2015 63(Mishra et al. 2015; )https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/024005Using observed station data for 217 urban areas across the globe, we show that these urban areas have experienced significant increases (p-value <0.05) in the number of heat waves during the period 1973-2012.
Warming Global Heat Waves2013 96(Coumou et al., 2013)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-012-0668-1Worldwide, the number of local record-breaking monthly temperature extremes is now on average five times larger than expected in a climate with no long-term warming...Summertime records, which are associated with prolonged heat waves, increased by more than a factor of ten in some continental regions including parts of Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Amazonia.
Temporal Global Heat Waves2014 131(Russo et al., 2014)https://doi.org/10.1002/2014JD022098Results show that the percentage of global area affected by heat waves has increased in recent decades...In the 11 years between 2002 and 2012, the percentage of global area affected by moderate (HWMI >=2), severe (HWMI >=3), and extreme (HWMI >=4) heat waves was threefold greater than in the previous periods (1980-1990 and 1991-2001)
Temporal Eastern Mediterranean Heat Waves2019 4(Founda et al., 2019)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.02.0...Using historical air temperature data at a number of stations at the Eastern Mediterranean...observational data reveals significant changes in the seasonality of hot extremes and specifically lengthening of their period, which in some cases exceeds 10 days per decade
Temporal United States Heat Waves2020 6(Tavakol et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.10490...For the period 1948-2017 for the Mississippi River Basin (MRB), which covers approximately 41% of the Contiguous United States...more frequent and longer heat waves were observed in western and north-western MRB...a significant increase happened starting in 1994 in the percentage of area with a HW longer than 10 consecutive days.
Warming Global Heat Waves2020 11(Raymond et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaw1838A comprehensive evaluation of weather station data shows that some coastal subtropical locations have already reported a TW of 35 C and that extreme humid heat overall has more than doubled in frequency since 1979
Warming Global Heat Waves2020 2(Li et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7d04The historical ~1 C of global-mean surface air temperature increase above preindustrial levels has already increased the population annually exposed to at least one day with wet bulb globe temperature exceeding 33 C (the reference safety value for humans at rest per the ISO-7243 standard) from 97 million to 275 million.
Temporal United States Heat Waves1998 89(Gaffen & Ross, 1998)https://doi.org/10.1038/25030Here we show that the frequency of extreme heat-stress events in the United States, caused by extremely hot and humid days as well as by heatwaves lasting for several days, has increased over the period from 1949 to 1995.
Warming Global Heat Waves2017 138(Diffenbaugh et al., 2017)https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1618082114We find that historical warming has increased the severity and probability of the hottest month and hottest day of the year at >80% of the available observational area...79% of the observed area exhibits a statistically significant trend in peak summer monthly temperature.
Anthropogenic Global Heat Waves2016 31(Knutson & Ploshay, 2016)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1708-zAs a heat stress metric we use a simplified wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) index...our analysis suggests that there has been a detectable anthropogenic increase in mean summertime heat stress since 1973, both globally and in most land regions analyzed.
Temporal United States Heat Waves2012 96(Smith et al., 2012)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-012-0659-2For the period 1979-2011 across the Continental United States...positive trends (increases in number of heat wave days per year) were greatest in the Southeast and Great Plains regions, where more than 12% of the land area experienced significant increases in the number of heat wave days per year for the majority of heat wave indices.
Temporal Turkey Heat Waves2010 140(Kuglitsch et al., 2010)https://doi.org/10.1029/2009GL041841Since the 1960s, the mean heat wave intensity, heat wave length and heat wave number across the eastern Mediterranean region have increased by a factor of 7.6 +/- 1.3, 7.5 +/- 1.3 and 6.2 +/- 1.1, respectively.
Temporal France Heat Waves2007 231(Della-Marta, 2007)https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JD008510Over the period 1880 to 2005 the length of summer heat waves over Western Europe has doubled and the frequency of hot days has almost tripled
Anthropogenic India Heat Waves20190(Vittal et al., 2019)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-05093-5Summer heat waves over India have been increasing in frequency and severity during recent decades, and are responsible for thousands of deaths...The conditions in the Atlantic that drove these heat waves were exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions rather than natural forcing.
Anthropogenic China Heat Waves20200(Li et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0492.1We show that summer mean WBGT has increased almost everywhere across China since 1961 due to human-induced climate change. Consequently, hot summers as measured by summer mean WBGT are becoming more frequent and more conducive to heat stress...these hot WBGT summers have become more than 140 times as likely in Eastern China in the present decade 2010s compared to a 1961-1990 baseline period.
Temporal United States Heat Waves20200(Keelings and Moradkhani, 2020)https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL087097Aross the United States during 1981-2018... the spatiotemporal evolution of combined heat wave characteristics shows considerable increases during this period and indicates a substantial increase in heat wave hazard across the United States...extreme heat events have become more likely through the record as evidenced by the statistically significant (at the 0.05 significance level) upward trend in AHSCI (9.5 decade -1) for the continental United States.
Temporal China Heat Waves20200(Luo et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.10500...Using observational and reanalysis datasets, here we investigate the heatwave behaviors in arid northwest China (ANC) during 1961-2014...over the long-term period, the heatwave in ANC exhibits significant intensifying trends in terms of increasing frequency (0.40 events decade-1), prolonging duration (1.67 days decade-1), and strengthening amplitude (0.32 C decade-1)
Temporal Iran Heat Waves20200(Fathian et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03269-2Daily temperature and precipitation data of 76 synoptic stations were selected for trend analysis throughout Iran during the period 1981-2010...the results of 11 extreme temperature-related indices showed, in general, warm indices such as the number of warm days (TX90p), warm nights (TN90p), and warm spell duration (WSDI) had an increasing trend
Warming China Heat Waves20200(Xie et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03285-2Since the 1960s, the frequencies of the mild, moderate, severe, and extreme heat waves in China have increased significantly with rates of 7.5, 4.3, 1.4, and 1.8 events per year, respectively.
Warming China Heat Waves20200(Deng et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8335Southwestern China (SWC) has suffered from increasing frequency of heat wave (HW) in recent summers...based on ERA-5 reanalysis, it is found that the SWC summer HWs are significantly correlated with sea-ice losses in the Barents Sea, Kara Sea and the Arctic pole.
Warming India Heat Waves20200(Singh et al., 2020)https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6814Since the mid-20th century, an increasing trend in the characteristics of heat waves has been observed over India causing an increased rate in human mortality...the study found a Spatio-temporal shift in the occurrence of HW events with a significantly increasing trend in three prominent heat wave prone regions i.e., Northwestern, Central and South-Central India, highest being in West Madhya Pradesh (0.80 events/year)
Anthropogenic Global Heat Waves20200(Chambers, 2020)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02884-2Heatwaves have become more frequent and intense due to anthropogenic global warming... from 1980 to 2018... we demonstrated that there is a clear trend in increasing heatwave days globally.
Warming Global Heatwaves20200(Mukherjee and Mishra, 2020)https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL090617Several regions across the globe witnessed rise in compound drought and heatwave frequency (1-3 events/year), duration (2-10 days/year), and severity. This increasing pattern is spatially asymmetric, and greater amplification is observed across the Northern hemisphere due to recent warming.
Warming South Africa Heat Waves20210(van der Walt & Fitchett, 2021)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03479-8This study presents the first comprehensive annual and seasonal, spatial and temporal trend analyses of daily maximum and minimum extreme temperature events recorded from 20 meteorological stations across South Africa, spanning 1960-2016...results show a general annual trend increase in maximum temperature at a rate of 0.02 C year-1...a general increasing trend in heatwave events is recorded at 0.03 events year-1 countrywide.
Warming Brazil Heat Waves20210(Geirinhas et al., 2021)https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abe0ebFor the period of 1980-2018...our results confirm that the Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais states have recorded pronounced and statistically significant increases in the number of compound summer drought and heatwave episodes.
Warming Romania Heat Waves20210(Micu et al., 2021)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-021-03560-wThe results show a significant warming trend...and a significant increase in absolute maximum temperatures, summer days and warm spell duration.
Temporal Australia Heat Waves20210(Jyoteeshkumar reddy et al., 2021)https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EF001924We also investigated the heatwave and severe heatwave trends...over selected time periods (1911-2019, 1911-1964, and 1965-2019)...the results highlight that the severe heatwave cumulative magnitude and their season duration have been increasing significantly in recent decades over Australia's southern coastal cities (like Melbourne and Adelaide).
Warming United Kingdom Heat Waves20210(Beckett & Sanderson, 2021)https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.7253Areas of land in the United Kingdom (UK) affected by heatwaves between 1960 and 2019 have been analysed using a daily gridded temperature dataset....positive trends in numbers, durations and areas of heatwaves were found as a result of rising summer temperatures.

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