Notification: This article will be updated for the duration of […]
June 26, 2019
Notification: This article will be updated for the duration of this heatwave.
On June 20, 2019 meteorologist Bob Henson from Wunderground wrote, “A vicious heat wave next week could produce all-time highs at multiple European cities. This heat wave—which will be unusually strong for so early in the summer—will gin up some of the hottest June temperatures ever recorded in western and northern Europe.”
Climate experts pointed out (German link) the connection of heatwaves and our changing climate system. Early attribution studies on this event and others show heatwave’s ramping up, become stronger. Heat wave was several degrees Celsius hotter than an equivalent event in 1900.
The current early in Summer heatwave in comes in light of Europe has had five 500-year summers in the past 15 years.
EuroNews: Europe is being swept by strong, hot winds from Africa which are also bringing a high concentration of small particles PM2.5 which stay in the air for a long time as they are so light.
According to a study by the American Heart Association, “exposure to PM(2.5) over a few hours to weeks can trigger cardiovascular disease-related mortality and nonfatal events; longer-term exposure (eg, a few years) increases the risk for cardiovascular mortality to an even greater extent than exposures over a few days and reduces life expectancy within more highly exposed segments of the population by several months to a few year.”
A new June temperature record was also set in Poland, where meteorologists measured 38.2 Celsius.
Huge forest fires in Spain not seen for decades, were fueled by the heat and strong winds, with temperatures expected to rise above 43C (109F). New temperature records were set in Spain with the highest being 43.9°C recorded in Girona.
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