A heatwave over Europe, as seen from space
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Hottest days are hotting up

Climate physics
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

A study published today in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the maximum temperature of the hottest days is increasing at twice the rate of the maximum temperature of average summer days. The results highlight the need for urgent action by policy makers to adapt essential infrastructure to the impacts of climate change. Dr Matthew Patterson was the lead researcher.