Definition of heatwave in English:



  • A prolonged period of abnormally hot weather.

    ‘when a heatwave occurs many people become increasingly bad-tempered’
    • ‘Australia could be up to two degrees Celsius warmer by 2030 and face more bushfires, heatwaves and storms despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, a climate change report showed yesterday.’
    • ‘Hurricanes, floods, drought, freezing conditions and heatwaves all take their toll annually in varying numbers.’
    • ‘By the middle of the century lengthy heatwaves will occur in nine out of ten years throughout much of the southern and eastern parts of the region with nighttime temperatures becoming unbearable.’
    • ‘In the same way, we cannot say which of the heatwaves were man-made and which were natural, but we can apportion blame for the change in risk.’
    • ‘Yesterday saw temperatures among the highest recorded for April, and the heatwave was expected to continue today.’
    • ‘Brisbane has gone from heatwave to torrential downpour and back to heatwave.’
    • ‘A year after the event, the health minister resigned and the government announced that in future heatwaves, everybody should go to the movies because they're air-conditioned.’
    • ‘World temperatures are continuing to rise and extreme weather conditions, such as droughts, floods and heatwaves, are becoming alarmingly common.’
    • ‘June is a funny month seeing anything from snow to thunderstorms to heatwaves.’
    • ‘The boast came even as summer heatwaves in neighbouring eastern provinces put severe strain on already over-stretched power resources.’
    • ‘For anyone living outside the UK a heatwave means that the weather has cleared up a bit and there's no need for a coat.’
    • ‘Such heatwaves can lead to heat exhaustion, and even death, particularly among the very young or old.’
    • ‘Weather forecasters predict the heatwave will continue in the Bradford district into next week.’
    • ‘A large number of studies show that urban populations in the USA and Europe have successfully adapted to recurrent extreme weather events and heatwaves.’
    • ‘Extreme weather events, floods, droughts, and heatwaves are more frequent.’
    • ‘In particular, there is likely to be a reduction in water for southern and eastern Australia, with more fires and heatwaves, fewer frosts, less snow and more coral bleaching.’
    • ‘Much of England was hit by violent storms as the heatwave that had engulfed the country over the past few days turned to torrential rain.’
    • ‘The film's subject matter of human civilization wiped out by the elements is eerily highlighted by newsworthy weather events of 2003, including the heatwaves in Europe and India that killed tens of thousands of people.’
    • ‘Floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts have created headlines in the UK over recent years.’
    • ‘On the down side, I have proved to myself that citrus really do need to be nursed through heatwaves.’
    hot weather, hotness, warm weather, warmth, warmness, sultriness, closeness, mugginess, humidity, swelter
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