“‘The current heatwave – in terms of its duration, its intensity and its extent – is now unprecedented in our records,’’ Jones was quoted as saying in *The Age*.” http://www.theage.com.au/environment/get-used-to-recordbreaking-heat-bureau-20130108-2cet5.html
“Responding to the news from Australia, *The Guardian*’s Damian Carrington put the heat and fires in a global context: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2013/jan/08/australia-bush-fires-heatwave-temperature-scale?CMP=twt_fd
“We already know that climate change is loading the weather dice. Scientists have shown that the European heatwave of 2003, that caused over 40,000 premature deaths, was made at least twice as likely by climate change. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2006/jul/26/science.g2
The Russian heatwave of 2010, that killed 50,000 and wiped out $15bn of crops, was made three times as likely by global warming and led to the warmest European summer for 500 years.
The extreme weather forecast is even worse. Mega-heatwaves like these will become five to 10 times more likely over the next 40 years, occurring at least once a decade, scientists predict.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/17/deadly-heatwaves-europe
This is from: “Burning ‘Deep Purple’: Australia so hot new color added to index. An ‘unparalleled setting of new heat extremes’ continues.”