The European Heatwave

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The European Heatwave
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When?
August 2003
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Where, what and when was the highest recorded temperature?
39 degrees c in Brogdale, Kent on 10th August
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What was the first cause?
High pressure air brought a hot, dry tropical continental air mass to the UK
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On what date did the air mass cover nearly all of Western Europe?
5th August
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Deaths?
20,000
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Deaths in UK, Italy and Portugal
UK 2,000, ITA 3,100, POR 2,100
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Water problems? (3)
Reservoirs and rivers dried up, dehyration and hosepipe ban
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Infrastructure problems? (3)
Subsidence in buildings as the ground dried and shrunk, roads melted in Essex
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Energy problems? (2)
HEP schemes failed, 2 nuclear plants closed as water was a cooling agent
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Agricultural problems? (4)
Harvest yields fell by 20%, milk by 15%, livestock killed, soil erosion
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Tourism impact?
+4% to cooler coastal areas
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Retail impacts?
Sales of beer, ice and ice cream increased by 54%
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How many ha of forest were destroyed in Portugal?
215,000
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What % did reservoirs fall by on average?
50%
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What did the Met Office do?
Gave the Department of Health heatwave warnings
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What did Network Rail do?
Speed restrictions in areas above 30 degrees c
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What did the French gov do? (2)
Requested aid from the EU, efforts to improve prevention
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