2003 European heat wave

heat wave leading to record-breaking temperatures in Europe during mid 2003

The 2003 European heat wave was a natural disaster in Europe in July and August 2003. The heat led to the hottest summer on record since at least 1540. France was especially hard hit.[1] The heat led to health crises in several countries. It combined with droughts to reduce crops in Southern Europe.

More than 70,000 people died in Europe. According to an Inserm study, nearly 19,000 people died in France. People also died in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.


  1. "Sequence of Extreme Weather Events". The Prevention Web. Retrieved Jun 23, 2016.