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Heatwaves: how hot can it get?

Heatwaves are becoming more frequent, more intense and more deadly. But what is a heatwave, why are they so dangerous and how are they affected by climate change?

00:00 - What are heatwaves?
01:40 - How do heatwaves form?
05:28 - How heatwaves kill
08:40 - How to prepare for heatwaves
10:17 - What is the impact of climate change?

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