Portugal, Spain, UK… These other European countries are facing a cycle of high temperatures

France isn’t the only one sweating in July. After the first heat wave in June, part of Europe suffered from suffocation again. In the question, “Cold drop“that formed off Portugal and caused the displacement of a tongue of hot air coming from Morocco. This” is a column of heat It will rise to the UK, where unusual temperatures are expected this weekend.

Scientists explained that the proliferation of these phenomena is a direct result of global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions increase the intensity, duration and frequency of these events. Franceinfo is on a tour of the main affected countries.

In Spain, the wave can last “nine or ten days”

Mercury is already freaking out in Spain, with a maximum of 43.3 degrees Celsius recorded late Monday in Candeleda, the center of the country, according to the Spanish meteorological agency AEmet. 42°C has been reached in other cities in southern or central Spain, such as Seville and Badajoz.

This new heat wave “absolutely exceptional” In a country accustomed to hot summer temperatures, Ruben del Campo, a spokesperson for AEmet, said Monday. It started on Sunday and can “The last nine or ten days, making it one of the three longest heat waves Spain has experienced since 1975.”He explained to AFP.

In Spain, the worst will come between Tuesday and Thursday, according to AEmet, which cannot however determine whether the absolute temperature record set in Spain (47.4 °C in Montoro, near Cordoba, in August 2021), can be beaten. Including the current heat wave, Spain has experienced five episodes of exceptionally high temperatures over the past eleven months. May was the hottest month since the turn of the century.

In Portugal, these temperatures provoke many fires

In neighboring Portugal, the thermometer rose to 44 degrees Celsius in some areas over the weekend. If temperatures drop a bit on Monday, the temperature is expected to reach 42 degrees Celsius in the Evora region (southeast), according to the National Weather Service, which expects a fresh recovery on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This heat wave has fanned several fires in central Portugal in recent days. The largest outbreak of the virus, which broke out on Thursday in the town of Ourem (central), was contained on Monday after destroying about 2,000 hectares of vegetation and mobilizing about 600 firefighters.


But the situation is still there “serious and exceptional”, The National Civil Protection Commander, Andre Fernandez warned. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa warned of a “maximum risk” Coming days. “The slightest negligence can cause a fire of great proportions”to caution.

Monday’s yellow alert from Portugal’s Meteorological Institute will turn orange from Tuesday, with temperatures back above 40°C, and even 45°C in some places. You will also experience most of the countries Tropical Nightswith temperatures not lower than 20 ° C.

The government issued a decree“case of emergency” Between Monday and Friday, in order to raise the level of mobilization of emergency services and the restrictions they may impose. Lisbon also asked the European Union to activate its joint mechanism for civil protection, and, on Sunday, it obtained the dispatch of two seaplanes in Spain.

In the UK, an orange alert was issued for Sunday

Across the channel, the temperatures are definitely low but it’s still there Much above average It is expected to reach 33 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in the southeast. The National Weather Service, the Bureau of Meteorology, issued an orange alert ahead of a wave ‘extreme heat’ From Sunday, temperatures may exceed 35 degrees Celsius.

Monday and Tuesday, “Temperatures are expected to reach 33 degrees Celsius in the southeast.”explained Rebecca Sherwin, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office. “Warm weather is expected to continue through the week and intensify into the end of the week and early next week.” “From Sunday through Monday, temperatures are expected to exceed 35 degrees Celsius in the southeast.”he added.

These high temperatures could continue into the beginning of the following week and an extension of the alert will be considered in the coming days, the Met Office specifies.

It is currently impossible to know if the UK temperature record, 38.7°C at Cambridge Botanic Garden on 25 July 2019, will be reached or exceeded. “Some models are predicting high temperatures of over 40°C in parts of the UK for the coming weekend and beyond.”however, warns Rebecca Sherwin.

The Met Office also links to climate change: “The resulting increase in the intensity of extreme heat events is already evident in the observations. This situation has significant and wide-ranging implications.”

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