Severe heat wave in Southeast Europe. After 46.3 degrees on Monday, 47.1 degrees maximum was measured in Greece yesterday. Are we still breaking 50 degrees today?
The European heat record is exactly 48.0 degrees and was measured in Greece in the summer of 1977. It has never been hot in Europe. Until now?
“It’s possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes in this direction at different stations. 47 to 48 degrees is very possible and 50 degrees is possible locally. Different off the sea on Rhodes, Crete or Cyprus Canyons have a good chance of measuring about 50 degrees,” says climatologist Dr. Donnerwetter.de to Carsten Brandt from BILD.
And meteorologist Dominic Jung, a graduate of the weather service Q.met, tells BILD: “It depends on the little things, for example where the wind comes from. If it flies by the ocean, it can stay cold. But if it blows from the ground side it can be 48 degrees. It depends on the tenth. Locally it can be very different.”
brutal heat wave
So these will be exciting hours and days. This has already been a historically long heat wave and will last through the weekend. Then it cools down a bit with peak values of up to 40 degrees, but from Sunday and Monday it will again be extremely hot and the maximum values will rise to 45 degrees.
“The jet stream is to blame. It’s like a wall over Europe. It separates the warm air mass in southeast Europe from the cold air mass in the northwest. It barely moves,” the weather Expert Jung explains. “This is why this extreme ‘heat dome’ was able to form over Greece and Turkey. The heat is trapped there and may continue to rise.”
Firefighters continue to fight a massive fire in the northern suburbs of Athens on Wednesday morning. With the first light of day, helicopters and airplanes were used to douse the fire.
“We are hopeful that the fire will be brought under control before the winch is used again today,” a fire department official said on state television. Information about the victims was not available on Wednesday morning.
There were fires on the Peloponnese peninsula and the holiday islands of Rhodes and Kos, as well as the island of Evia. In total, the fire brigade fought against 40 major fires across the country, as announced by the Civil Defense.
At least eight people have died in a fire in Turkey.
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