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Latest heatwave causing major disruption across Europe

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July 2nd, 2019 Last week’s European heatwave set new temperature records and disrupted life across the continent.
'July 2nd, 2019 Lastweek’s European heatwave set new temperature records and disruptedlife across the continent.Accordingto the WorldMeteorological Organization (WMO) ,the “unusually early and exceptionally intensive” heatwave inEurope broke previous temperature records for the region and posedagricultural, environmental, and health-related threats.Whilethe agency said thatitis “premature” to attribute the heatwave to climate change, itsaid thatthe Europe-wideeventisconsistent with predicted climate scenarios that forecast morefrequent, intense and drawn out heat events.Theheatwave follows episodes of intense heat this year that have takenplace around the world, namely in India, Pakistan, Australia, andparts of the Middle East. “This increase in heat extremes is just as predicted by climate science,” Stefan Rahmstorf of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said. “While in Europe we worry about reaching 40 degrees Celsius this week, India has seen temperature records above 50 C recently,” he added.VIDEO: In the town of #Carpentras in southeast France, temperatures reached 43°C (109.4°F) by midday Friday with the national record of 45°C likely to be reached in the afternoon.The #Vaucluse region has been placed on red alert during the heatwave. #canicule2019 pic.twitter.com/Scq9SO38e2 — AFP news agency (@AFP) June 28, 2019 Record high in France Frenchweather forecaster Meteo France observed the highest ever recordedtemperature in the country.Temperatures climbed up to 45.9C atGallargues-le-Montueux in southeasternFrance ,beating out the country’s previous record of 44.1C at Conqueyracduring the 2003 heatwave.Theaverage temperature across the country was 27.9C last Thurday, thehighest value observed for the entire monthof June .A weather forecast map last week displaying the high temperatures byMeteociel seemed to resemble a skull, which French meteorologistRuben Hallali likened to Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” onTwitter . Ared hazardous weather warning was placed over southeastern parts ofthe country, the first ever of its kind to be put in place for theregion.It’s the most severe classification out of a four levelalert system that was established in the wake of 2003 heatwave thatkilled 15,000 people, according to theAssociated Press . Thestate-run rail operator SNCF offered exchanges and free cancellationsfor long-distance trips and social workers assisted homeless peoplein coping with the heat.The greater Paris region, Île-de-France,banned over half of cars from its roads as the temperatures worsenedair quality, accordingto Reuters .  Threeelderly French people werereported to have died after suffering cardiac arrests while swimming.Some4,000 schools were eitherclosed or paritially running and national secondary school exams werepostponed by the education minister due to safety concerns.Theheatwave, according to Paris inhabitant Martin Fox, was “expectedin many ways because it’s been happening almost every year so far.” “For precautions, it’s knowing when not to go out, always drinking water, and if it gets really hot, to go to rooms which have tiled surfaces,” he told The Green News.This week, a multi-day heat wave will challenge all-time high temperature records for any month of the year.Temperatures in Spain, France, and Italy could reach as high as 40-42°C (104-108°F) — about 10-15°C (18-27°F) above normal, remarkable for June. https://t.co/3q3HOnbZ3i pic.twitter.com/71KCVLCbPM — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) June 24, 2019 Deathsin Spain Todate, twodeaths have been reported in Spain as a consequence of the stifling heat.A17-year-old boy died from heat-related causes lastFriday after jumping into a swimming pool to cool down outside ofCordoba.The day before, 93 year old man collapsed and died due tothe heat’s intensity in Valladolid.TheSpanish national meteorological and hydrological agency AEMET issued a heat red alert as temperatures surpassed 40 C in parts ofnorthern Spain.The capital Madrid also recorded all-time hightemperatures forthe month of June on Friday.Madridresident Victoria Vallejo told TheGreen News thatthe intense heat made it difficult to function in the city. “I hadto go to the doctor because my blood pressure was really low due tothe heat,” she said. “You can definitely tell that people arescared, but hopefully it’s ending soon.Wildfiresraged in the Catalan region of the country, making it the biggestforest fire of the year.More than 1,200 hectaresburned in under 24 hours and some 400 people fled their homes, theBBC reported . The regional interior minister Miquel Buch said that the fire, ignited by improperly stored chicken manure, was the region’s worst in two decades.June national temperature records could tumble in France and Germany this week!Current records stand at 41.5C in France and 38.5C in Germany. #heatwave Matt pic.twitter.com/n1ErQQJdKY — BBC Weather (@bbcweather) June 23, 2019 Europe-wide problem Otherparts of the continent certainly weren’t spared from the wave ofhigh temperatures.The Italian Health Ministry declared seven cities to be enduring the country’s highest heat warninglevel on Thursday.By Friday, 16cities were under alert.Austriais expected to clock in its warmest June on record and more than halfof Switzerland’s observing temperaturestations noted new June temperature records last week.ThisincludesDavos,according to to theWMO , hitting29.8 C despite being 1,594metres abovesea level.TheGerman forecaster Deutscher Wetterdienst announced thatanew national June temperature record of 39.6 C was set on the lastday of the month.Highway speed limits were reduced when roadsurfaces started to decline and some areas of the country facedwater shortages .  Inaddition, Doksanyin the Czech Republic reently recorded a new national high tempreature of 38.9 C.Heatwavescan acutely impact large populations for short periods of time, theWorld Health Organization (WHO) says ,frequently triggering public health emergencies that lead to lostwork capacity, reduced labour productivity, and death.Hightemperatures can also limit the health service’s capacity, asheatwave-induced power shortages disrupt health facilities, waterinfrastructure, and transport.They can also worsen existing chronicconditions, such as cardiovascular, respiratory, and diabetes-relatedconditions.Thescale and nature of health impacts vary around the world, dependingon the timing, intensity and duration of a heatwave, as well as howwell local populations are adaptable and acclimatized.In the case oflast week’s heatwave, the WMO noted that initial reports indicate heat-health early warnings successfullylimited the death toll.If the trend of high temperatures continues, the WMO has said that 2019 will be on track to be among the world’s hottest years, making the 2015 – 2019 period the hottest on record.About the Author Kayle Crosson Kayle is a multimedia journalist focused on climate and environmental issues and contributes to The Irish Times and The Green News. . 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