Western Europe is facing exceptional heatwave and it will spread to northeastward to Scandinavia and into the Arctic by late this weekend. This heatwave may increase the loss of sea ice of the Arctic Circle which is already running at a record low for this time of year.
During Wednesday and Thursday, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich people are suffering through extremely high temperatures. However, yesterday all-time national heat records in the Netherlands and Belgium had fallen following a heatwave in late June that broke the same records in France and other countries.
As mid-July is the hottest time of the year, it is hard to beat all-time heat records. On Wednesday, Paris is likely to exceed 37.8 Celsius by a few degrees breaking it’s all-time record of 40.4 degrees while the temperature may reach up to 42.2 degrees Celsius.
The U.K Met office has predicted that the country’s all-time national heat record of 38.5 Celsius will be broken on Thursday. Additionally, the national heat records in Germany the temperature will be broken on Thursday.
This intensity of heat has threatened the health condition of people, especially for those who are outdoor workers, young children, and elderly people. In most of the cities currently affected, people lack air conditioning at home and in many public buildings and transit systems. The high pressure will move towards north-east head over Scandinavia and then migrate north into the Arctic.
“The hottest day of the year for the most recent decade (2008-2017) has increased by 0.8 Celsius above the 1961-1990 average*. Warm spells have also more than doubled in length – increasing from 5.3 days in 1961-90 to over 13 days in the most recent decade (2008-2017). South East England has seen some of the most significant changes, with warm spells increasing from around six days in length (during 1961-1990) to over 18 days per year on average during the most recent decade,” the Met Office stated in a research report.