Monday may be the hottest day in the history of France, with maximum temperatures in all regions that exceed 30 degrees Celsius and between 38 and 40 degrees in much of the country.
The meteorological service “Meteo France” warned that “the heat is intensifying and the heat is spreading throughout the country”, forecasting levels record, especially in the west and southwest of the country. “In some areas of the southwest, the temperature could reach” 44 degrees Celsius on Monday, followed by “a very hot night,” she said.
The forty-fifth heat wave that has hit France since 1947 will reach its peak on the country’s Atlantic front, in particularly in the region of Brittany, which it has hitherto protected. This heatwave is expected to be accompanied by levels as well record air pollution, with an expected increase Monday in ozone concentration, especially in the Atlantic region and south-eastern France, according to the national “Brief Air” platform for air quality forecasts.
40 degrees Celsius in England?
In the UK, the Met Office has issued the first “red” warning of extreme temperatures, which means there is a “risk to life”. The temperature could rise above 40 degrees Celsius in southern England for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, the Met Office warned.
The British government was accused Sunday of neglecting this situation after outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson skipped a crisis meeting on the issue at Government House, while Justice Minister Dominic Raab appeared to welcome the expectation that the temperature for the first time it exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in England. The heat wave that swept through Spain for the first time resulted in deaths. A man in his fifties died of heat on Sunday, with a body temperature above 40 degrees Celsius, in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, according to emergency services. Saturday, for the same cause, a sixty-year-old cleaner died in Madrid. On Sunday, the temperature in Madrid reached 39 degrees Celsius, 39.7 degrees in Seville in the south of the country and 43.4 degrees in Don Benito near Badajoz in the west.
This heatwave is the second recorded in Europe in a month. The proliferation of these phenomena is due to the direct repercussions of global warming, according to scientists, as greenhouse gas emissions also increase their strength, duration and frequency. This causes forest fires in Several members of the rescue and fire services died, the last of whom was a firefighter who died of burns in the province of Zamora, in northwestern Spain. In France, Portugal, Spain and Greece, fires have destroyed thousands of hectares of forest, while large numbers of residents and tourists have been forced to leave their places of residence.
fire near Bordeaux
The situation is dangerous in the southwest of France. Sunday evening the intensity of the fire it consumed in six days increased by 13 hectares in Bordeaux due to spiral winds, which led to new evacuations. Firefighters said 16,200 vacationers had to leave urgently since last Tuesday.
In Spain, about 20 fires are still on in over and out of control in different parts of the country, from the south to the extreme northwest of Galicia. Portugal experienced calm for the first time since July 8, on Sunday the temperature did not exceed forty degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Authority, after reaching a record in July of 47 degrees Celsius.
However, most Portuguese territories saw an “extreme”, “very high” or “high” probability of fires on Sunday, especially in the central and northern regions of the country. The fires last week left two dead and 60 injured, while the fire affected 12 to 15,000 hectares in the Netherlands.The Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment announced a national plan to combat the heat on Sunday. and a smog alert starting Monday in all regions of the country, predicting a temperature increase in the coming days, which could reach 35 degrees centigrade on Monday in the south and 38 degrees centigrade in some areas Tuesday.