Europe ‘facing more frequent and more intense heatwaves’

Europe ‘facing more frequent and more intense heatwaves’

An international group of experts tasked with assessing climate change has warned that Europe faces the unappetising prospect of more frequent and more intense heatwaves.

In a report that involved an assessment of temperatures in the French city of Toulouse between June 26 and 28, World Weather Attribution said every heatwave occurring in Europe today “is made more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change”.

They found the extreme conditions measured during that three-day period are five to 10 times more likely now than they were in 1900, before greenhouse gas emissions from industry had a major effect on the atmosphere.

(Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa/AP)
(Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa/AP)

The group said the heatwave that struck large parts of Europe last week “broke several historical records … in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain”.

The study has not been peer-reviewed yet, but the group uses methods that are widely considered valid in the scientific community.

With the heatwave moving towards eastern Europe, temperatures soared to 39C in Serbia on Tuesday, though showers in the evening could provide some relief.

Keeping cool in Belgrade (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
Keeping cool in Belgrade (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Drinking water tanks have been set up in Belgrade parks with doctors warning the elderly to stay indoors.

The surge in temperatures comes after weeks of unusually severe thunderstorms in parts of Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Croatia that have triggered floods and extreme humidity.

Tackling a wildfire in Germany (Jens Buettner/dpa/AP)
Tackling a wildfire in Germany (Jens Buettner/dpa/AP)

In Germany, thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defence personnel are battling a large wildfire in an area used for military exercises after weeks of dry weather.

Officials said the blaze in Luebtheen, about 100 miles north west of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state.

- Press Association

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