Europe braces for record-breaking heatwave

Pablo Tucker
July 24, 2019

CBS News contributing meteorologist Jeff Berardelli wrote in an article for Yale Climate Connections that heat waves are becoming more frequent around the world, and said there is convincing evidence suggesting a link to climate change.

The first with temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above is expected this Tuesday, which will also occur Wednesday and Thursday, with forecasts of new historical values in Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux and other localities.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom is 38.5 C (101.3 F), recorded in Faversham, south east England, in August 2003, according to the Met Office. "It be no longer a peril that's going to head away".

How hot would possibly also it earn?

Grand of France has been issued with an orange alert - the second very most real looking level of warning. The highest temperature was recorded in Brive, reaching an afternoon high of 42.1C.

Comparisons be pleased been drawn to a heatwave France experienced in August 2003, throughout which heat contributed to almost 15,000 deaths.


Spain declared a crimson alert in its Zaragoza jam, which changed into hit by devastating wildfires last month.

What preparations are being made?

To restrain the warming of water used to keep its atomic reactors cool, French vitality firm EDF said it would close two reactors at the Golftech atomic power plant in the southern Tarn-et-Garonne district.

As the Tour de France reached its final week in the southeast of the country, ice foot baths and extra water points were on hand to avoid dehydration.

The French govt is outlawing animal transportation "for economic reasons" between 13:00 (11:00 GMT) and 18:00 in areas tormented by warmth signals.

Amid high levels of ozone pollution linked to rising temperatures, authorities ordered to cut speed limits by 20 kilometers per hour in Paris and Ile-de-France.


The French weather provider has reported temperatures of 42C in areas of the south-west. It is normal the warmth won't plunge beneath 20C for the remaining of the week.

An intense heatwave swept by plot of areas of Europe closing month, making it the freshest June on myth.

Is local weather commerce guilty?

Linking a single event to world warming is subtle. Whereas crude climate occasions esteem heatwaves happen naturally, experts recount these will happen more in most cases due to native climate alternate.

Facts going assist to the slow Nineteenth Century explain that the widespread temperature of the Earth's surface has increased by about one level since industrialisation.

The weather is also aggravating droughts since it has not rained much in many parts of Europe this summer.


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