Heatwave hits Europe early, Spain 46°C, France 43°C

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Western European countries are seeing the earliest summer heatwaves, with temperatures from France to the UK exceeding 30C. In Spain, which was hit by a heat wave a week ago, authorities said the temperature in some areas was over 40 degrees on Saturday, with the northeastern city of Zaragoza reaching 42 degrees; the northern Bilbao (Bilbao) was hot under the scorching sun Yu Yu, the number on the street temperature display is 46 degrees! Temperatures in France have also been high over the past week, with red or orange heat warnings issued for nearly three-quarters of the country’s population, or about 45 million people, and schools closed due to the red heat warning; Saturday recorded 42.9 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in 19 years, breaking the previous record of 40.6 degrees set in August 2003.

The World Meteorological Organization said temperatures in parts of Spain and France were 10 degrees warmer than normal for the same period, a sharp increase. In Zaragoza, Spain, where a high temperature of 42 degrees was recorded, a street vendor and farmer said, “The situation is very worrying… The temperature in May has already reached 34 degrees, 35 degrees, and now it seems to be 44 degrees in June.” Another in A street vendor selling lottery tickets in the shade of trees said the hot wind seemed to come from the desert. “It’s unusual… this time of year is usually pleasant and not so hot.” High temperature and dry weather in Spain coupled with strong winds caused wildfires to break out in some areas. In the Culebra Mountains of Zamora in the northwest, nearly 20,000 hectares of land were burned and still not extinguished, and 14 villages had to be evacuated.

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France’s first heatwave in 75 years

The weather was the country’s earliest since 1947, with 11 regions breaking June records on Friday, some exceeding 39 degrees, Meteo-France climatologists said. The temperature in Paris was close to 40 degrees last Saturday, and it was still 37 degrees at 8 p.m.; people living in small and old houses were miserable, and a 70-year-old resident said it was too hot to sleep, “I kept getting up and walking around, Went to the bathroom, went to drink water, sat down and watched TV until 2am.” Hot air from North Africa blew across the Mediterranean to the North Sea, causing Western Europe to usher in the first heat wave of summer early. London’s Heathrow Airport also recorded 32.4 degrees at noon on Friday, the hottest day of the year. Germany and the Netherlands were also extremely hot, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees in Germany and wildfires in several areas. The World Meteorological Organization said that this year’s summer heatwaves came earlier, with record levels of greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere, making them more frequent and severe. “Unfortunately what we are experiencing today is a preview of the future.” Parts of India and Pakistan are entering summer with temperatures in the 50s.

The original article was published on AM730 https://www.am730.com.hk/International/Heatwave hits Europe early-Spain46-France43-/324701

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