'The worst is still to come': sizzling Europe battles wildfires, health risks

Katie Ramirez
June 28, 2019

Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest-ever June temperatures, and in Spain firefighters are battling Catalonia's worst wildfires in 20 years.

The wildfires in Catalonia are among the worst it has seen in 20 years, the regional government said, adding that around 30 people had been evacuated from farmhouses in the affected area.

Wildfires raged across Catalonia and French authorities stepped up restrictions on water use and driving in cities as swaths of western Europe remained in the grip of an intense heat wave on Thursday.

Temperatures have reached 43 degrees Celcius in parts of Europe over the last few days and France may reach its highest-ever recorded temperature on Friday, with temperatures expected to exceed 45 C.

Meteorologists philosophize sizzling air drawn in from northern Africa is guilty. In components of the north-east, they may furthermore attain 45C.

The country has been put under its highest-level danger alert with hot temperatures bringing life-threatening conditions.

In response, France's national weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert warning for four regions in the south. Several cities reduced speed limits to reduce vehicle emissions.

The blaze was believed to have started on the afternoon of Wednesday (26 June), with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees celsius.

The incident occurred in the multi-ethnic Saint-Denis neighbourhood north of Paris, where "uncapping" hydrants has always been used as a way to cool off. Schools will be closed and outdoor activities, such as sports games, will be suspended until temperatures begin to cool.

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In Toulouse, where temperatures are anticipated to construct 41C on Thursday, charities had been handing out water to homeless folk.

Temperatures have been climbing in recent days.

Radzyn in Poland and Doksany in the Czech Republic furthermore recorded original nationwide highs, with temperatures hitting 38.2C and 38.9C respectively.

Even within the high-altitude Alps, temperatures topped 30C in areas. Aspects of Austria recorded their native all-time top temperatures on Wednesday.

Is climate change to blame?

Linking a single match to worldwide warming is complex.

Recordsdata going help to the leisurely nineteenth Century stamp that the life like temperature of the Earth's surface has increased by about one level since industrialisation.

A climatology institute in Potsdam, Germany, says Europe's five freshest summers since 1500 acquire all been within the twenty first Century.

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