Heat wave in Europe: hot, hot, hottest

Status: 06/17/2022 17:10

The unusually early heat wave is spreading. In France, temperatures climb to over 40 degrees. An ozone alert has been issued in many places. In Spain, fires have devastated thousands of hectares of land. It is also hot in Germany.

France continues to moan under an unusually early heat wave: in Toulouse they measured 37 degrees in the afternoon, the peak is expected tomorrow – with temperatures over 40 degrees. The Meteorological Service spoke of the first heat wave since 1947.

Heat warnings were issued by 37 of the 101 French departments. A red warning level applied to the twelve departments and the students were given a break without heat. An ozone alert has also been sounded in several regions, including the east of the country and the wider Paris area. High temperatures exacerbate the drought in the soil, which is already bothering farmers after the dry winter and spring. The risk of forest fires increases.

Thousands of hectares of land have been destroyed in Spain

Spain is also hit by a heat wave. Several fires have already devastated thousands of hectares of land. Up to 7,000 hectares were hit in the Sierra del Culebra in the northwest of the country, and 200 people had to be taken to safety as a precaution. There were other fires in Catalonia.

According to experts, drought, a wave of extreme heat with several days with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 degrees in much of the country and sometimes very strong winds contribute to forest fires. Larger villages would not endanger the flames for now, she said. “There is no denying that climate change is leading to extreme weather events, such as the current heat wave,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The northern Italian valley of the Po is suffering from drought

There is now an exceptional drought in northern Italy in the Po Valley. It suffers from the worst drought in 70 years. In a heavily agricultural area, some communities now distribute water for rations. According to the Coldiretti Agricultural Association, the drought threatens half of the cultivated area in the Po Valley and almost a third of the country’s agricultural production.

Lombard President Attilio Fontana spoke of an “extremely difficult situation”. He announced that a state of emergency would soon be declared.

The high “Efim” is approaching – the first heat wave in 2022 will hit Germany

Steffen Clement, HR, Daily News at 5:00 PM, June 17, 2022

It is also hot in Germany

Germany also has very hot days shortly before the start of the calendar summer. Locally, meteorologists from the German Meteorological Service (DWD) expect temperatures of almost 40 degrees. However, prolonged drought associated with heat increases the risk of forest fires.

In the southern half of Germany, temperatures have already risen to 32 degrees. In the north, on the other hand, it stays a little colder. Saturday is supposed to be even warmer. In the west, it can reach up to 38 degrees locally. During the day, heavy showers or thunderstorms with heavy rain rarely occur in the northwest and west. And Sunday is forecast to be hot again.

Danger of forest fires in the Harz Mountains and Brandenburg

Even in our country, the heat associated with the sometimes prolonged drought increases the risk of forest fires. The second highest level of forest fire warning has been in force in the Harz district since Friday. Brandenburg reports the highest level of forest fire danger.

In Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, some cities and districts have issued water bans since next week. In Baden-Württemberg, this ban already applies locally. All abstractions from surface waters, such as lakes or rivers, which are not explicitly permitted must therefore be declared inadmissible. Prolonged drought has caused an unusually sharp drop in water levels in many places.

“Climate change will shape Germany”

DWD climate director Tobias Fuchs warned that in the coming years it could be up to one degree warmer in Germany than in the last three decades. According to Fuchs, climate change will have a significant impact on Germany in the coming years. According to DWD, the trend towards increasing average temperatures is already evident this summer.

An observation that is also in line with United Nations forecasts. They predict that heat waves will appear more frequently in the future as unusually early and intensively as this week in Europe.

“Unfortunately, what we are witnessing today is a harbinger of the future,” said Clare Nullis, a spokeswoman for the World Weather Organization (WMO). Extremely high temperatures, which have spread from North Africa to southern Europe and are expected this weekend in Switzerland and Germany, are more typical for July or August, according to WMO.

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