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Experts chart future heat waves

August 11, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Earth is headed for a record-setting heat wave after 2009, a team of climate experts said in Friday's journal Science.

Each year from 2010 through 2014 has at least a 50% chance of being warmer than 1998, the hottest on record, said researchers led by Doug Smith of the Met Office, the weather-forecasting agency in Britain.

The estimate is the first stemming from data collected since 1990 on ocean temperatures, heat-trapping gases and other factors.

Other forecasters used information gathered from 1960 to 1990, the researchers said.

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