Killer Heatwave Sign of Blistering Times to Come

Many were unprepared for Europe's ferocious summer, writes Herald Correspondent Peter Fray in London.

Published: 16-Aug-2003

Europe's worst heatwave in decades has left a trail of death, destruction and dehydration in its wake, raising urgent questions about the impact of global warming and how prepared even developed countries are to deal with extreme heat.

Climate experts say the heatwave, which eased yesterday after setting record highs in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, is one of the clearest indications that the planet is not only warming but probably at a far faster rate than previously thought.

The French Government has declared a state of emergency in Paris after health officials revealed that up to 3000 people had died in the country's three-week heatwave.

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