Detection of changes in temperature extremes during the second half of the 20th century

N. Christidis, P. A. Stott, S. Brown, G. C. Hegerl, J. Caesar

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Abstract

Since 1950, the warmest and coldest days and nights of the year have become warmer. Comparing these observations with climate model simulations in an optimal detection analysis shows a significant human influence on patterns of change in extremely warm nights. Human influence on cold nights and days is also detected, although less robustly, but there is no detection of a significant human influence on extremely warm days. In the future, extreme temperatures are expected to intensify considerably, with adverse consequences for human health.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL20716
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume32
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005

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