Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
24 May 2023
 | 24 May 2023

Changes in the distribution of annual maximum temperatures in Europe

Graeme Auld, Gabriele C. Hegerl, and Ioannis Papastathopoulos

Data sets

PaperCode Graeme Auld, Gabriele Clarissa Hegerl, and Ioannis Papastathopoulos

E-OBS v19.0HOM gridded dataset European Climate Assessment & Dataset project with Horizon 2020 EUSTACE project

Short summary
In this paper we consider the problem of detecting changes in the distribution of the annual maximum temperature, during the years 1950–2018, across Europe. We find that, on average, the temperature that would be expected to be exceeded approximately once every 100 years in the 1950 climate is expected to be exceeded once every 6 years in the 2018 climate. This is of concern due to the devastating effects on humans and natural systems that are caused by extreme temperatures.