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Heatwave in Europe: the United Kingdom exceeds 40 ° C, a historic record


This is the second intense heat phenomenon in barely a month in Europe. This increase is a direct consequence of the climate crisis, according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

The mercury rose above an all-time high in the UK with 40.2°C at 11:50 a.m. local time at Heathrow Airport in west London, the Met Office said.

The historic temperature record – which dated from July 2019 with 38.7 degrees – had already been beaten in the morning with more than 39 ° C recorded in south London.

Of course, the English are not used to that. It’s hard to be outside, even in the shade it’s suffocatingtold AFP Emily Nixon, 34, who on Monday found refuge in a municipal swimming pool in the British capital.

After experiencing the hottest day of the year on Monday, the British spent the hottest night ever recorded in the country with temperatures which in places did not drop below 25 ° C.

Transport Minister Grant Schapps pointed out on the BBC that Nopethe country’s public transport dating back to Victorian times was not able to handle such heat.

All trains are canceled due to the heat. I don’t understand. They have trains in Australia. which work. What’s the problem here?annoyed Ashley Meeloo, a 62-year-old user in London.

The government has been accused of taking the phenomenon lightly. Resigning Prime Minister Boris Johnson skipped an emergency meeting on the crisis on Sunday, preferring to attend a farewell party, and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Britons to enjoy the sun.

A road sign warning motorists of heat waves forecast for July 18-19.

The British meteorological agency announces that temperatures could exceed Tuesday the bar of 40 degrees in the south-east of the country.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / DAMIEN MEYER

Environmental activists from the group Extinction Rebellion smashed windows of News UK, which notably publishes the tabloid, on Tuesday morning The Sunto protest against the treatment of the heat wave in certain media.

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Slight respite in France

Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands, which recorded its hottest day of the year on Monday at 35.4°C, was already facing temperatures of 33 degrees around 9.20am GMT. Some 39°C are expected in the afternoon.

Belgium fears records, the thermometer can climb in places up to 40 ° C. Exceptionally, the major museums run by the federal state are accessible free of charge to those over 65, who can find some freshness there.

In France, the temperature should drop on Tuesday on the Atlantic coast after a complicated night in Gironde on the front of the two giant fires which have already ravaged 17,000 hectares of forest.

On Monday, records were broken in several cities: 39.3°C in Brest [nord-ouest]42°C in Nantes [centre ouest] or 42.6°C in Biscarosse [sud-ouest], according to Meteo France. The absolute record in the country, 46 ° C, dates back to June 28, 2019 in Vérargues [sud].

Some 16,000 people had to be evacuated on Monday under more than 40 ° C due to fires in the Bordeaux region.

In Brittany, a region generally little affected by forest fires, nearly 1,400 hectares of vegetation went up in smoke in Finistère and 500 people were evacuated, 260 firefighters still at work on Tuesday morning.

It’s still burning in Spain and Portugal

In Spain, where the extreme heat wave has been raging for almost ten days, forest fires continued to rage on Tuesday morning, especially in the province of Zamora [nord-ouest]. According to the regional authorities, nearly 6000 people had to be evacuated because of the flames which destroyed several thousand hectares of meadows and forests.

A slight respite was announced on the temperature side by the national meteorological agency, while the mercury has cheerfully exceeded 40 degrees in recent days.

Climate change kills people […]but also our ecosystem, our biodiversityreacted Monday the president of the government Pedro Sanchez.

In Portugal, more than 1,400 firefighters continued to fight fires in the center and north of the country on Tuesday morning.

The two most worrying wildfires in the far north of the country. One of them mobilized nearly 700 firefighters on Tuesday and led to the evacuation of 300 people on Monday evening.

A couple in their 70s were killed in the area on Monday after running off the road as they tried to escape the flames.

A further rise in temperatures is expected from Wednesday in the country.

A Canadair plane putting out the fire.

In Portugal, the fires are still raging.

Photo: Getty Images

The whole of Germany is also facing this heat wave, but in Lower Saxony [nord-ouest]temperatures could reach 40 degrees today and therefore approach the maximum of 42.6 degrees recorded in this region in July 2019 by the German weather service (DWD).

About half of the territory of theEU is currently facing a risk of drought due to the prolonged lack of rainfall, which exposes countries such as France, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Italy to a probable drop in crop yields, according to the Commission European.

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