Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
17 Feb 2012
 | 17 Feb 2012

Extreme summer temperatures in Western Europe

C. Simolo, M. Brunetti, M. Maugeri, and T. Nanni

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.