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WESTERN EUROPE has heated up more than previously thought over the past century. The average duration of heatwaves in Western Europe has doubled since 1880. The frequency of extremely hot days has nearly tripled in the past century. Heatwaves last an average of three days now, with some lasting up to 13 days. This compares with an average of about 1.5 days in 1880. The western European climate in summer is becoming more variable - the range of temperatures has increased. Many previous assessments of daily summer temperature change underestimated heatwaves in Western Europe by about 30%.
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