Hugo Winter is a research student in the Statistics of Meteorological Extremes at Lancaster University, investigating 'Statistical Methodology for the Spatial Extent, Duration and Severity Aspects of Meteorological Extremes' in a collaboration between Lancaster and the Met Office.
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    Is India’s heatwave a freak event? A statistician investigates

    A heatwave over India that started on May 21 and has produced India’s highest recorded temperatures in two decades has claimed more than 2,000 lives and caused widespread devastation. It would be easy to dismiss this as a freak event, something so far out of the norm that there’s little chance of preparing for it. But this isn’t quite true. Even the most extreme events can be predicted – and prepared for.