Dangerous heatwave strikes Europe bringing record temperature highs with it
Europe has been struck by a new dangerous heatwave that threatens to break longstanding high temperature records across the continent, and a climate scientist warns that July is looking to be the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.
Records are set to fall in France, Great Britain and other countries in Europe according to multiple weather forecasting outlets.
“The U.K. will experience another pulse of high temperatures this week, with the possibility of records being broken for not only July but also all-time records,” Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said in a statement to CNBC. “The weather setup is broadly similar to the pattern that brought high temperatures to much of continental Europe at the end of June.”
Much of Europe will be blanketed in temperatures that could soar above 100 degrees, threatening previous temperature records in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.
In France alone, the record high of 104 degrees has stood since 1947.
Even worse, the dry heat has resulted in warning of wildfires.
“The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), which is tasked with providing comprehensive climate information for the EU, has warned another anticipated period of scorching heat will amplify the wildfire risk, particularly across France, Spain and Portugal,” CNBC reports.
The heatwave is caused by climate change, which is being caused by carbon emissions in the atmosphere that are resulting in an uncontrolled rise in global temperatures. Experts warn that the planet is about to hit the danger zone that would trigger uncontrolled climate change, with one Earth scientist even warning that we are set to zoom past the red line.
This past June is already the hottest month ever recorded, but this new heatwave in July has climate scientist Michael Mann warning that July is about take the title.
This is significant. But stay tuned for July numbers. July is the warmest month of the year globally. If this July turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth!#RecordWarmth #ClimateChange #NotSubtle https://t.co/cuXQLOEz7G
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) July 15, 2019
These records highs are proof that we are in a climate emergency that threatens our very survival if we do not act immediately to reverse the trend of rising temperatures around the world. We will be subjected to more heatwaves, which will cause droughts and wildfires the likes of which have never been recorded in human history. And we only have ourselves to blame if we don’t do something about it.
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