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Climate researchers have assumed that hot spells are caused by hot Mediterranean or Sahara air flowing to central Europe. Now, causes of extreme hot spells are the focus of a project coordinated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They study weather and climate processes in the troposphere up to 10 kilometers and have now identified another cause of hot spells, namely, air parcels coming from the Atlantic Ocean and heating up when subsiding. The project, ClimXtreme, is aimed at developing the corresponding early warning systems. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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