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UN weather agency: scorching heat soon routine


CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- The World Meteorological Organization says the brutal heat waves that killed thousands of people in Europe in 2003 and that choked Russia earlier this year will appear like an average summer in the future as the Earth continues to warm.

The director of the WMO's World Climate Research Center, says the trend of the last few decades indicate that extreme heat will become more frequent and intense in the future.

Ghassam Asrar told reporters at the 193-nation U.N. climate conference Tuesday the pattern of Atlantic storms also is changing. The number of mild Category 1 storms is declining, but the frequency of powerful Category 4 and 5 hurricanes is increasing.

He cautions that more studies are needed to draw global conclusions.

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