Heat wave peaks in southern Europe

Nearly three-quarters of the French population, 45 million people, are affected by the red or orange levels of alertness from a heat wave.

And temperatures were still increasing on Saturday afternoon, especially in the southwest, where Peaks close to 42-43°C are measured locally in southern Aquitaineadds Météo-France.

Absolute temperature records are brokenIt shows, in particular, with 42.9 °C in Biarritz, or 2.3 °C more than the previous record dating back to 2003.

Heat sweeps the country from the southwest toward the northeast, adds the agency, which lists between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius overall in the southwest, center and the Paris region.

Many festive, sporting and cultural events have also been cancelled.

In some cities, museums welcome visitors in search of freshness. Bordeaux (southwest), where mercury indicates 40°C according to Météo-France, also made it free.

Pharmacy sign showing temperature.

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In Paris, in the Museum of Liberation, of General Leclerc and Jean Molin, Sonia de Man, 70, a Belgian tourist who came with her daughter, confirmed that she had Chooses a museum preference during the day Instead of going to Montmartre, as planned. They will also be able to take advantage of the Paris parks and gardens opening all night long.

From Saturday evening, occasional thunderstorms may occur on the Atlantic coast, which are the first signs of hypothermia expected Sunday evening, which will allow the heat wave to reach It gradually declines until it is no longer related only to the eastern flank of the countryAccording to Météo-France.

The proliferation of heat waves in Europe is a direct result of global warming. Scientists say greenhouse gas emissions increase the strength, duration and rate of heat waves.

The current wave arrived from the Maghreb across the Iberian Peninsula.

Earth destroyed in Spain

In Spain, firefighters continued to fight several fires, one of which destroyed nearly 20 thousand hectares of land, while temperatures reached a peak of 43 degrees.

The largest of these wildfires went uncontrolled Saturday afternoon in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range in the region of Castile and Leon (northwest) near the border with Portugal. In total, nearly 20,000 hectares were burned there.

Eleven villages with several hundred people had to be evacuated before the threat of fire broke out, closing a national road and a high-speed rail line between Madrid and the Galicia region (northwest).

Spanish firefighters also continued to fight numerous fires in Catalonia and Navarre.

Emergency services battled several wildfires as Spain remained in the midst of an exceptionally hot wave that sent temperatures soaring to 43 degrees Celsius.

Photo: afp via getty Images/PAU BARRENA

Germany, the Netherlands and Italy are affected

The heat wave didn’t spare Germany either. The highest temperature (36.4 degrees) was recorded on Saturday at 4 pm in Wagosel-Kerlach (Haut-Rhin), according to the German Meteorological Institute (DWD). However, the frightening standard levels above 38 degrees were not reached.

In Brandenburg, the area around Berlin, a fire broke out on Friday and spread in the evening over an area of ​​60 hectares.

Another fire in the Trecktal Valley, southwest of Berlin, is currently under control, but threatens to erupt again due to drought and global warming. About 6.5 hectares of forest were burned.

The first severe thunderstorms are expected during the night from Saturday to Sunday. According to DWD, there can be winds of up to 95 km/h locally in northern Germany as well as hail and heavy rain.

The authorities in the Netherlands said, Saturday is expected to be the hottest day of the year.

Temperatures could reach 35 degrees Celsius in the city of Limburg (south), according to the Netherlands Meteorological Agency, which is particularly concerned about the heat’s consequences for the city. The elderly and the weak.

Among the many other consequences of the heat wave, in Italy, cows’ milk production has fallen by 10%, as the heat forced them to drink up to 140 liters of water per day, twice what is normal, the country’s main agricultural association, Coldiretti, on Saturday .

The United Nations called on Friday act now Against drought and desertification in order to avoid it human disasters.

: every action has significance “,” text “:” action time: every action has importance “>}}It’s time for action: every action countsThe Administrative Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, said during a conference in Madrid on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

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