Case Study of a high pressure system - summer drought in Europe 2003 (What…
Case Study of a high pressure system - summer drought in Europe 2003
Which areas were affected?
What were conditions like?
heat wave conditions
windy on coast
less rain means more forest fires
What caused the drought & heat wave
clear skies allowed the sun to increase temp
means cool air could not rise, cool & condense forming clouds. This means there was
temps in cities were increased by buildings & traffic
What was the impact on different groups of people?
suffered from dehydration
insufficient water = crops
lost €1 billion as crops failed
rivers dried up so river traffic stopped (boats)
electric fan sales increased
water prices increased
risking their lives
working overtime = increase in pay
10x more people admitted to hospital
Faversham, Kent, 38.5°c
30 000 people died - 14 000 in France