Heatwaves have become longer in most of the world since 1950s – study

The Guardian | Jul 3, 2020 at 12:26 PM
  • Heatwaves have increased in both length and frequency in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s.
  • The only places where that increased were southern Australia and parts of Africa and South America.
  • In south-eastern Australia, the worst heatwave season was the summer of 2009, when an estimated additional 374 people died over three days due to extreme heat and, two weeks later, the Black Saturday bushfires killed 173 people.