Yes – now 20 times more likely because of the climate crisis
Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods, storms and droughts are becoming more frequent in many parts of the world as a result of climate change.
From the beginning of May to mid-September, five back-to-back heatwaves blanketed large swathes of Europe and monthly maximum temperature records were broken across Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. In Europe alone, there were 24,000 heat-related deaths. Parts of China and North America also suffered intense heatwaves.
The World Weather Attribution group found that the record drought of 2022 could be expected once every 20 years in today’s climate but only every 400 years without climate change.
World Weather Attribution. 2022. High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere soil moisture droughts more likely.