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Originally posted by dave_54
There is an increase compared to recent decades, but the twentieth century, particularly the latter half of the 20th century, was relatively quiet and benign compared to centuries past. Earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, floods, etc were much more common previously than what contemporary people are used to. It only appears to be increasing. People just have a skewed basis for comparison.
The ten warmest years on record have all been since 1990. Six of the ten warmest years on record in the UK were between 1995 and 2004.In Europe, the August 2003 heatwave was probably the hottest for at least 500 years.During August 2003, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK was taken in Brogdale in Kent. It was 38.5°C.Between 4 and 13 August 2003, over 2,000 people in the UK died as a result of the heat.