Extreme summer temperatures in Western Europe
- 1Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), Bologna, Italy
- 2Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Abstract. We discuss the evolution of summer temperature extremes over Western Europe during 1961–2004 in the context of current climate warming. Using a parametric approach, we investigate the role of properties and changes in probability density functions of daily temperatures in modifying the frequency of severe, isolated events. In this perspective, the recent intensification of extremely warm events over Europe turns out to be well consistent with a pure, nonuniform shift of mean values, with no room for conjectures about increasing temperature variability.