The hot weather at the end of June in several parts of Europe poses “a great danger to human health, agriculture, and the environment.” The heat has already broken several heat records in the Old World. This was reported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which analyzed weather anomalies in recent days.
In a press release issued in Geneva, WMO explained: “it is too early to link this heat wave to climate change.” However, the current situation “corresponds to climate scenarios that predict more frequent, prolonged, and intense periods, given that the concentration of greenhouse gases leads to an increase in global temperatures.”
Among the remarkable new records of European countries — recorded on June 28 in the French city of Gallargues-Le-Montueux (Department of Gar) 45.9 degrees Celsius. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in France. Overall, 13 weather stations in the country recorded an excess of the previous national record of 44.1 degrees since August 2003. A new average daily temperature record of 27.9 degrees has also been set. Absolute local records or June records were broken in a number of places.
In Germany, a new temperature record from June 30 is 39.6 degrees. According to the German weather service, 243 weather stations recorded local maximum heat values, and 223 stations were values of 35 degrees and above.
Austria experienced the hottest June in the history of meteorological observations, with temperatures averaging 4.5 degrees above long-term averages. In Switzerland, according to data from 43 of 85 stations, records were broken in June, and six stations recorded absolute local records. In the ski resort of Davos at an altitude of 1594 m thermometer rose to 29.8 degrees. In the Czech Republic, a new national record of 38.9 degrees was set on June 26. Poland also reported on the records.
This week, meteorologists expect temperatures in Central Europe to be 3-6 degrees above long-term averages, and the rest of the Old World to be 1-3 degrees higher. In Eastern Europe, heat waves can be accompanied by drought. WMO recalls that the current heat wave in Europe followed “extreme heat episodes in Australia, India, Pakistan, and parts of the Middle East.” New waves of heat are expected this summer in the Northern hemisphere, experts predict. Earlier, WMO reported that meteorologists for the fifth consecutive year record high temperatures around the world.