All theEuropeincluding Great Britain, besieged hot, with temperatures in some cities like London, where the heat hampered trains, had never been seen before. From Madrid to Paris to Athens, you turn around 40 degrees and often exceed it. In Sweden it is 36 degrees. In France, Spain and Portugal tragic fires led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and some victims, including firefighters. The summer of returning to freedom, after Covid restrictions, is a very high tally between heat emergencies, fires and droughts. With the common denominator: climate change.
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Italy is also in the oven: today five cities are marked with a red dot, and tomorrow there will be nine. In order, the hot alert issued by the Ministry of Health today affects Perugia, Latina, Florence, Brescia and Bolzano (in South Tyrol they expect to equal if not exceed the highest temperatures ever). Tomorrow, Rome, Rieti, Genoa and Bologna will also be added to the list of hot cities. Speaking of the capital, the Lazio Health Department explains: “Perceived temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees.” A hot week will exacerbate the problem of dehydration and increase energy consumption, due to the use of air conditioners. There is a paradox in light of the war-related gas crisis: We have terrible heat at the end of July, and we risk a very cold winter because we will have to save on heating.
When will you finish? According to meteorologist Paulo Sotocorona, “At the beginning of August, there should be a break in the heat, but we know that the further we go over time, the lower the reliability of the forecast.” In short: we have to suffer almost two weeks at least because of the African anticyclone that has been dubbed “the end of the world”.
And what happens in the rest of Europe? In the United Kingdom, apocalyptic tones are used: Wales and Cornwall recorded the highest temperature in history, and now it will be the turn of the London area where the tabloids note that there are higher values than in the Bahamas or in the desert. And the effects show: at Luton Airport (one of London’s airports) yesterday they had to suspend takeoffs and landings because the runway asphalt had melted; The same happened with the RAF military flights in Oxfordshire. Also stop at the Underground: for example in Vauxhall, in London, the tracks damaged by heat and suspended service between Waterloo and Clapham Junction. More trains have been banned across the country, with carriers inviting people to travel only if really necessary.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace has also been scaled back to protect soldiers. The British Health Service is talking about a national emergency. In France, heat (more than 40 degrees and winds at 50 kilometers per hour) led to forest fires in the Bordeaux region: 31,000 people were evacuated. A thousand animals have been snatched from a zoo in Bassin d’Arcachon again due to the fires. Brest, in Brittany, is the city with the highest temperatures, while in Paris it is trapped by heat and today the temperature is expected to reach 40 degrees: the crisis unit has been activated, the districts will be available to all citizens Cool rooms, parks and gardens will also be opened at night for those who wish to search Its a little cold.
In Spain, the heat wave started on July 10 and has already caused 510 deaths according to the authorities. The latest death is a 60-year-old garbage collector who was crushed while collecting garbage in Madrid. “You cannot work in these conditions,” the son denounced. There are several cities with maximum temperatures well above 40 degrees: Ourense (44), Cordoba and Seville (43), Madrid is also heading towards these peaks. Spain is going through hours of pain on the fire front: dramatic video shows a high-speed train stranded in the west of the country, on the border with Portugal, halted because it is surrounded by fires with passengers looking on, out of the windows, in amazement. flames. Rail traffic between Galicia and Madrid has ceased. In Catalonia, a massive fire broke out 50 kilometers from Barcelona days ago. More than 200 people had to flee their homes. The tourist resorts are also under the brunt of the heat: Ibiza has the hottest temperature ever.
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