Temperatures up to 40 degrees for days, persistent sun and hardly any cooling even at night – that is the recipe for a heat wave. Even in our latitudes, summer heat is nothing unusual. However, in recent years they seem to be becoming more and more frequent and stronger. Is that climate change?
One thing is clear: a heat wave does not make climate change. But if these exceptional events, which are actually rare, become more and more frequent, this can be a symptom that the weather conditions and the climate are also beginning to change in the long term. According to studies , three quarters of all heat waves are already a consequence of anthropogenic warming and the summers in Central Europe are already the hottest since antiquity .