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Heat Wave Forecasts Debut in Scorching Australia

Science  07 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6171, pp. 587
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6171.587

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Australia is conducting a pilot trial of a heat wave forecasting system that stands out for the high resolution of its 5-day forecasts and its ability to predict heat wave severity. How health agencies respond will determine how useful the forecasts will be in protecting the elderly and others vulnerable to the debilitating effects of heat.

  • * Dyani Lewis is a writer in Melbourne, Australia.