European heatwave 2003, satellite image

European heatwave 2003, satellite image

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: European heatwave 2003. Satellite image showing the daytime land surface temperatures in July 2003 compared to July 2001. Areas where temperatures were higher than 2001 are shown in red and areas that were cooler are shown in blue. White areas are unchanged. In 2003 much of central France experienced the largest temperature increase, of up to 10 degrees Celsius. Across the Alps in southeastern France, Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy, glaciers melted rapidly, causing flooding from swelling rivers and lakes. The 2003 heatwave was the hottest for 500 years and contributed to an estimated 20,000 deaths. Image taken by NASA's Terra satellite.

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