Europe To Be Hit With 100+ degree Temperatures

Via:  john-russell  •  4 months ago  •  5 comments

Europe To Be Hit With 100+ degree Temperatures

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Hell is coming': week-long heatwave begins across Europe

Jon Henley

7-8 minutes

Authorities have urged children and older people to stay indoors and issued severe warnings against dehydration and heatstroke as an  unprecedented week-long heatwave  begins its advance across continental Europe.

Meteorologists said temperatures would reach or even exceed 40C  (104 F)  from Spain to  Switzerland  as hot air was sucked up from the Sahara by the combination of a storm stalling over the Atlantic and high pressure over central Europe.

High humidity meant it would feel like 47C  (116 F), experts warned. “ El infierno  [hell] is coming,”  tweeted the TV meteorologist  Silvia Laplana  in Spain, where the AEMET weather service forecast temperatures of 42C (107 F) by Thursday in the Ebro, Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys and warned of an “extreme risk” of forest fires.

In France, officials in  Paris set up “cool rooms”  in municipal buildings, opened pools for late-night swimming and installed extra drinking fountains as temperatures in the capital reached 34C (93 F) on Monday and were forecast to climb further later in the week.

“I’m worried about people who are downplaying this, who are continuing to exercise as usual or stay out in the sun,” the health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said. “This affects all of us, nobody is a superman when it comes to dealing with the extreme heat we’re going to see on Thursday and Friday,” she told a press conference.


 Ice-creams ready to be served at a retirement home in Souffelweyersheim, eastern France. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Demaël of Météo-France said the heatwave was unprecedented “because it’s hitting so early in June – we haven’t seen this since 1947.” Record monthly and all-time highs were likely to be set in several parts of the country, Demaël predicted, and night-time temperatures were unlikely to fall below 20C.

School exams were postponed until next week, charities distributed water to homeless people and sales of fans quadrupled. France’s deadliest recent heatwave was in  August 2003 , when almost 15,000 mainly elderly people died as hospitals were overwhelmed.

In  Italy , “the most intense heatwave in a decade” was under way, with hospitals preparing to deal with a wave of heat-related illnesses and the health ministry suggesting army doctors may be needed to counter a shortage of medics.

Highs of 37C to 40C were forecast across the north and centre, including in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin, with several Italian cities expected to set new records for the highest ever June temperatures.

Authorities in Rome warned of the health risk from uncollected rubbish piled up on the capital’s streets, and eight tourists – including a Briton – were fined €450 (£403) each on Sunday for cooling off in the city’s fountains.

Sabine Krüger of the German state meteorological service, DWD, said the June record of 38.2C, set in Frankfurt in 1947, was likely to be beaten by the middle or end of this week, with 100 hours of sunshine forecast before Friday, temperatures in Frankfurt set to reach 39C or even 40C by Wednesday and Berlin predicted to swelter in 37C.

DWD on Monday warned citizens to take extra precaution in view of the extreme heat and high UV radiation over the coming days: “Avoid staying outdoors for long periods between 11am and 3pm,” it said, adding that sunblock, sunglasses and a sun hat were advisable even in the shade. Animal protection groups also warned pet owners to avoid leaving dogs or cats in cars unattended.

The heatwave comes after storms and record rainfall caused major problems in parts of Bavaria this weekend, with the Munich fire brigade called out 50 times and flights into and out of Munich airport suspended on Saturday evening.

In Switzerland, MeteoSwiss issued a “severe danger” level four heat alert for several parts of the country, warning of temperatures in excess of 33C and reaching 37C or even 39C in some places from Tuesday until Thursday. A number of all-time highs were likely to be recorded, it said.

Even Scandinavia looks unlikely to be spared, with parts of southern  Denmark  and Sweden predicted to reach 30C by Tuesday – and to feel more like a thoroughly un-Scandinavian 35C, the Danish broadcaster TV2 said.

Longer range weather forecasts show summer temperatures throughout July and August are expected to be higher than normal this year, rivalling those of 2018, which according to the European Environment Agency was one of the three warmest years on record on the continent.

Scientists have said last year’s heatwave, which led to increased mortality rates, a dramatic decline in crop yields, the shutdown of nuclear power plants and  wildfires inside the Arctic Circle , was linked to the climate emergency.

Meteorologists warn that such heatwaves are likely to become more frequent even if countries succeed in their commitments to limit global temperature increases to 1.5C as part of the 2015 Paris climate accord. The EU has pledged to cut carbon emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030


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1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 months ago

I dont think they are as used to hot weather as we are. Normal temperature for the last week in June in many of these places would be low 80's. 

1.1  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

This past weekend it snowed in the Colorado Rockies.

Has yet to reach 90 degrees.

1.1.1  JBB  replied to  WallyW @1.1    4 months ago

So what? Do you have a point with that entirely superfluous bit of trivia?

1.2  Jack_TX  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago
I dont think they are as used to hot weather as we are. Normal temperature for the last week in June in many of these places would be low 80's.

Yeah....they're in for a very rough time.

We were over there in the summer a couple of years ago.  Vienna was 90+ degrees, and Venice was brutally hot.  I live in Dallas, BTW, so hot is normal for me, and Venice was just awful.

But Paris never went above 85 the four days we were there, and was pleasantly cool at night.  Lucerne was the same.  Strasbourg was similar, and Salzburg and London were cooler still.   They're just not accustomed to Texas/Phoenix/Las Vegas style heat.

They don't have air conditioning everywhere, and it's often not very good when they do have it.   This is going to be bad.

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2  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

Personally, I think it will make a lot of the newer arrivals feel right at home.  The way it's going there, anybody who says anything negative about it might be charged with a criminal offence.


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