ETCCDIExpert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices (UK)
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Approximation (2) was used to detect heat waves in summer (June, July, and August) and cold waves in winter (December, January, and February) according to the ETCCDI practice.
It is sensible to use a site-specific ETCCDI method that is much more flexible and, most importantly, is adaptable in the sense that it is able to detect also periods throughout the year that are warmer and/or colder than normal.
The ETCCDI method is eventually more practical to establish site-specific and more flexible thresholds and to detect heat and cold waves.