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UK and France worried about heat records


This heat wave is the second in barely a month in Europe. The multiplication of these phenomena is a direct consequence of global warming, according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

For the first time, the British Health Security Agency has issued a level 4 alert, the highest level, corresponding to a national emergency, warning of the risks that the heat poses even to young people and / or in healthy.

Hotter than the Saharatitle on Monday the tabloid Tea Sun.

Global warming is really here. We must act in the face of this phenomenon… and also learn to live with it.commented to AFP Gary Evans, a 68-year-old retiree in the seaside resort of Tankerton, in the south-east of the country.

It’s a sign of what’s to come…and of course it’s a huge concern for their future.launches Ceri Sherlock, mother, making a gesture towards her children with whom she walks in this seaside resort.

On the other hand, Dave Williams, a 64-year-old plumber, criticizes the fact that we are talking about the heat wave as if we had never known a summer.: we really don’t know how to talk about something else?”,”text”:”If it’s not Brexit, it’s the climate: we really don’t know how to talk about something else?”}}”>If it’s not Brexit, it’s the climate: we really don’t know how to talk about anything else?he exclaims.

The hottest temperatures in Britain are expected for Tuesday and could exceed the 40°C threshold, a first for the country. The British record dates back to July 25, 2019, with 38.7 degrees recorded in Cambridge, in the east of England.

Schools in some counties will remain closed, while major transportation disruptions are expected.

In France, the heat increased on Monday at the height of the heatwave episode: the map of the country turned crimson over a large part of the Atlantic coast, with 15 departments in red vigilance for heatwave and a first historic temperature record beaten in Brest (west) with 35.8 ° C, against 35.2 ° C recorded in the city in 1949.

The heat should increase in France on Monday, the culmination of a scorching episode which affects Western Europe, causing numerous forest fires and risking breaking temperature records as far as Great Britain. The details of Marieve Bégin.

Forest fires

Some 8,000 people are also beingpreventive evacuation Monday of two districts of La Teste-de-Buch (south-west), city of the very tourist basin of Arcachon affected by a huge fire for several days, on the edge of the Atlantic, announced the prefecture.

The Gironde department has been hit by two gigantic fires for a week, in La Teste-de-Buch and Landiras, which have already burned more than 13,000 hectares of vegetation.

Spain, for its part, has been in the grip of a suffocating heat wave for more than a week which has caused numerous fires which have ravaged tens of thousands of hectares across the country. The raging fires caused the death of a shepherd in the northwest of the country, the second death after that of a firefighter on Sunday in the same area.

On Monday, almost all of Spain remained on alert extreme risk fire, the highest level. The country, which has been suffocating since July 10 with maximum temperatures well above 40 degrees and falling little at night, should experience a very short respite at the start of the week.

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

In central and northern Portugal, some 800 firefighters were still fighting four fires on Monday.

Heatwaves in Europe

After breaking its temperature record for July on Thursday, with 47°C recorded in the north of the country, Portugal should experience a much cooler day, which will put an end to a heat wave episode of more than a week. .

The Netherlands recorded its hottest day of the year so far on Monday, with temperatures reaching at least 33.6 degrees in the southwestern town of Westdorpe. The Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has issued a code-orange for the day Tuesday, when temperatures could reach 38-39 ° C in the south and center of the Netherlands.

Belgium also fears heat records on Tuesday, the thermometer can climb in places up to 40 ° C, according to the Royal Institute of Meteorology (IRM). Schedules have been arranged for certain trades exposed to heat.

In Norway, the Meteorological Institute expects the thermometer to exceed 30°C in the coming days in southern Norway. The national record of 35.6°C recorded in 1970 should not be beaten, however.

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