Heatwaves in Mozambique 1983–2016: Characteristics, trends and city-level summaries using high-resolution CHIRTS-daily

C. Pereira Marghidan*, M. van Aalst, J.I. Blanford, Kiswendsida Guigma, Izidine Pinto, Genito Maure, Tatiana Marrufo

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The intensity, frequency, and duration of heatwaves are increasing worldwide. Still, heatwaves are systematically underreported and underresearched across the African continent. This study examines heatwaves across Mozambique, a country highly vulnerable to a variety of climate risks yet where heatwaves have received little to no attention. A spatio-temporal analysis was conducted for five heatwave characteristics (heatwave number, frequency, duration, amplitude, and magnitude) and corresponding trends from 1983 to 2016. This was done using the remotely sensed CHIRTS-daily, which presents one of the most accurate and highest resolution (5 × 5 km) daily temperature product currently available, especially for data-scarce regions. Three heatwave definitions were analyzed and compared, which are based on (1) the 90th percentile of daily maximum temperature (TX90), (2) the 90th percentile of daily minimum temperature (TN90), and (3) the Excess Heat Factor (EHF). Results were overlayed with high-resolution population data to obtain heatwave exposure and likely potential implications. Our findings show that Mozambique has experienced many heatwaves over the past decades. On average, 2–18.6 annual heatwave days (HWF) were recorded with the longest heatwaves (HWD) lasting X- 11.5 days. More and longer heatwaves were observed in the North and along the coast of Mozambique. Heatwave magnitude (HWM) ranged from 0.3 to 6.8 °C and amplitude (HWA) from 0.8 to 11.7 °C, with highest values in South and Central Mozambique. Heatwave events, days, and duration were found to be significantly increasing (p 
Original languageEnglish
Article number100565
JournalWeather and climate extremes
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • Heatwaves
  • Mozambique
  • CHIRTS-daily
  • Climate extremes
  • Excess heat factor
  • Africa
  • geo-health
  • Geo-health
  • GIS
  • Climate Change


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