Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2143–2159, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-2143-2015

Special issue: Climate change, extreme events and hazards in the Mediterranean...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2143–2159, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-2143-2015

Research article 30 Sep 2015

Research article | 30 Sep 2015

Attributing trends in extremely hot days to changes in atmospheric dynamics

J. A. García-Valero et al.

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This paper presents a study of extremely hot days (EHDs) in Spain and their connection with atmospheric dynamics. In addition, this work proposes a method that allows the detection of trends in the frequency of extreme events and their attribution to changes in atmospheric dynamics characterized through circulation types (CTs). The main CT-driven EHDs are identified. The increase in the EHD appearance is linked to the increase of the extreme CTs; however this only partially explains the trends.
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