The first heat wave of the summer season pushed temperatures to record highs in Western European countries and had a negative impact on life.
In many cities in Western Europe, where the public was warned against the heat, the orange alert, which is a second-degree important alert, has been activated, while attention was drawn to the fact that the heat wave may be one of the consequences of climate change, forest fires and drought problems.
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In Spain, where the hottest June in the last 20 years has been spent, temperatures, which have been effective for a week, have reached up to 44 degrees Celsius in some places in the Andalusia region in the south of the country such as Seville and Cordoba, and 41 degrees Celsius in the capital Madrid.
In Seville, a group of primary school students and their families protested against the lack of school holidays despite the heat. Students refused to attend classes and chanted “classrooms are like saunas” in schoolyards, playing with water pistols and trying to cool off.
Since the beginning of the week, forest fires have broken out in 16 regions and some sporting events have been postponed due to the heat.
While Navarra, Castile and León and Catalonia were the regions most affected by the fires, it was stated that the forest fire, which is still dangerous in Catalonia, threatens 20 thousand hectares of land.
“As a result of climate change, heat waves have started to arrive earlier in some parts of Europe. And with record concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, heat waves are becoming more frequent and severe,” experts warned.
In Spain, where orange alert has been issued in many cities, the temperature will drop by 10 degrees from tomorrow, and in the capital Madrid, it will drop to 25 next week.
Due to temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius in France, 14 provinces were on red alert and 56 provinces were on orange alert.
The Prefecture of Gironde announced that all events outdoors and indoors without air conditioning have been postponed.
In addition, in 40 cities, different levels of restrictions were imposed on the use of water, especially in agricultural activities, and warnings were issued against forest fires.
In the capital Paris and the cities of Lyon, Villeurbanne and Caluire, traffic exits were temporarily restricted and speed limits were reduced at certain hours.
Due to high temperatures in Italy, an alert has been issued for 4 cities.
While the meteorological forecasts for the weekend indicate that the heat wave originating from Africa will be effective, warnings were issued for some cities in the center and north of Italy.
Perugia and Florence in the central part of the country and Brescia and Turin in the north and Brescia and Turin in the north of the country have been raised to orange alert level as of June 17 due to extreme heat. In Turin, it was reported that a red alert will be issued on Sunday.
Authorities warned that the hot weather poses a greater risk especially for the elderly, the chronically ill, pregnant women and infants, and asked these people to stay indoors as much as possible.
On the other hand, drought caused by extreme heat is also affecting the country, especially in the northern regions.
It was noted that the volume of the country’s largest river, the Po, was 72 percent lower than it should be, affecting the northern regions of Piedmont and Lombardy.
Due to the drought, some 170 settlements in the northern regions have been ordered to use water only for basic purposes such as drinking and food preparation.
The German Meteorological Office (DWD) has announced that temperatures will rise to 38 degrees Celsius at the end of the week, especially in the south and central parts of the country, and will not drop below 20 degrees Celsius at night.
Authorities warned against the risk of forest fires in areas with high temperatures, while experts advised the elderly and people with health problems to be careful and drink plenty of fluids.
DWD President Tobias Fuchs stated that the temperature in Germany will increase by up to 1 degree in the coming years compared to the last 30 years and warned that climate change will show its effect in Germany.
In Belgium, temperatures rose to 35 degrees Celsius with the heat wave coming from the south, reaching record levels for June.
Meteorology officials announced a code orange alert for the weekend due to high temperatures, especially in the east of the country.
Authorities also warned of high levels of pollen and air pollution due to the hot weather.
On Belgium’s ocean coast, temperatures are expected to be a few degrees lower. Train services have been increased as many people will be traveling to the ocean coast.
The UK recorded its hottest day of the year for the third day in a row.
In Suffolk, in the east of the country, thermometers showed 32.7 degrees on June 17. At the same time, 32.4 degrees was recorded at Heathrow Airport in London.
People across the country flocked to beaches, parks and outdoor pools to make the most of the weather. In Bournemouth, the city council announced that all the parking lots on the beach were full in the early hours.
The ever-increasing temperatures are approaching the hottest June day on record, 35.6 degrees recorded in June 1976.
The Meteorological Office said the “unusual” temperatures for June were the result of high pressure in the southern half of the UK and a southwesterly airflow bringing warm air from Europe into the UK.
Temperatures are expected to be tempered by rain on Sunday.
In order to prevent the air temperature, which has been at 30-31 degrees for two days in the Netherlands, from causing health problems, state institutions and experts have made some warnings.
The General Directorate of Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands announced that they have taken a series of measures against emergencies and possible breakdowns on the roads, especially in the southern regions of the country.
In addition, elderly people with health problems were advised not to go out on the streets, drink plenty of fluids and use sun protection cream.
One of the countries where the heat wave has been effective for the last week has been Switzerland.
In Switzerland, the air temperature is expected to reach 35 degrees and above in cities such as Basel, Sion and Geneva during the day, and tomorrow the temperature is expected to reach a record high of 37 degrees in Basel.
The Swiss Federal government has declared the alert level as 3 in the country.