heat wave in europe | The United Kingdom exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, a historical record

(London) – The temperature on Tuesday crossed the 40C mark in the United Kingdom, the first in that country to be hit like the rest of Western Europe by a heat wave that has caused devastating bushfires, especially in France.

Posted at 6:17 AM
Updated at 8:56 am

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This is the second extreme heat phenomenon in Europe in barely a month. This multiplier is a direct consequence of the climate crisis according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

The meteorological agency said mercury rose to an all-time high in the UK at 40.2°C at 11:50 GMT (7:50 a.m. EDT) at Heathrow Airport in west London.

The historic temperature record – which dates back to July 2019 by 38.7 degrees – has already been beaten in the morning by more than 39 degrees Celsius set in south London.

“The English are clearly not used to it,” said Emily Nixon, 34, who took refuge in a municipal swimming pool in the British capital on Monday. “It’s hard to go out even in the shade, it’s claustrophobic.”

After experiencing the hottest day of the year on Monday, Britons spent the hottest nights ever in the country with temperatures not dropping anywhere below 25C.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC that “no”, the country’s public transport dating back to the Victorian era had not been able to handle such heat.

“All trains are canceled because of the heat. I don’t understand. They have trains in Australia. Any business. What is the problem here?” irked Ashley Melo, a 62-year-old user in London.

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The government has been accused of treating this phenomenon lightly. Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson missed an emergency meeting on the crisis on Sunday, preferring to attend a farewell party, and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Britons to “enjoy the sun”.

Environmental activists from the Extinction Rebellion group smashed the windows of News UK, which exclusively publishes the tabloid, on Tuesday morning. the sunTo protest the treatment of the heat wave in some media.

the sun They chose to show pictures of women in bikinis and beaches and children happy with ice cream.” Another tabloid, daily expressiontitled Monday “It’s Not the End of the World, Stay Calm and Get to Work.”

Burnt Camps

Ailleurs en Europe, les Pays-Bas, qui ont enregistré lundi leur jour le plus chaud de l’année avec 35,4 °C, étaient confrontés déjà à des températures de 33 degrés vers 5 h 20. Quelque 39 °C sont attendus dans afternoon.

Belgium fears records, the thermometer can rise to 40 degrees Celsius. Exceptionally, major state-run museums are free to access for those over 65 who can find some freshness there.

In France, the temperature should drop Tuesday on the Atlantic coast after a complex night in the Gironde, in the southwest of the country, on top of giant fires that have already destroyed more than 19,000 hectares of forest.

In the face of these massive fires, a total of 37,000 people had to be evacuated in six days.

On Monday, records were broken in several cities: 39.3 degrees Celsius in Brest (northwest), 42 degrees Celsius in Nantes (central west) or 42.6 degrees Celsius in Biscaros (southwest), according to Mito France. The absolute record in the country, 46°C, goes back to June 28, 2019 in Ferrage (south).

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In Brittany, an area generally unaffected by the bushfires, smoke has been emitted from 1,400 hectares of vegetation in Finistere and 500 people have been evacuated.

‘Extremely dangerous’ in Spain

In Spain, where the intense heat wave has been going on for nearly ten days, forest fires continued to erupt on Tuesday, especially in the province of Zamora (northwest). According to the regional authorities, nearly 6,000 people were evacuated due to the fires that destroyed several thousand hectares of meadows and forests.

A slight respite from the temperature side has been announced by the National Weather Service, while the mercury has exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in recent days.

Climate change is killing people […]but also our ecosystem, our biodiversity,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday.

In Portugal, more than 1,400 firefighters continued to fight fires on Tuesday morning.

The most alarming wildfires are in the far north of the country. One mobilized nearly 700 firefighters on Tuesday.

A couple in their 70s were killed in the area on Monday while trying to escape from the flames.

Another rise in temperatures is expected from Wednesday in the country.

All of Germany is also facing this heat wave, but in Lower Saxony (northwest), temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, thus approaching the record of 41.2 degrees Celsius set in 2019, which could be beaten on Tuesday Or Wednesday, according to meteorologists.

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