The intervals between long hot spells will become shorter and shorter, and the extreme heatwaves that ravaged Europe will now become commonplace, warns the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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On July 14 it was +47 C in Portugal, +46 C in Spain, +40.3 C at Coningsby RAF Base on July 20 and +40.3 C at Waddington, UK. On Tuesday it was +40.7 C in Meaulte (France) and +39.5 C in Duisburg (Germany) and Maastricht (Netherlands).
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Heat waves are linked to the fact that the planet has warmed a lot due to human activity, and the impact will be felt more acutely in the coming decades because people have injected more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the WMO says.
The organization predicts that the interval between various heat waves will be shorter: the first wave was in June this year, the current one will last about two weeks in total, and there will be another wave at the end of summer. Prolonged intense heat. Such years may turn out to be normal.
“Due to global warming, national heat records are being broken, but so are some regions. In the future, these heat waves will be normal, and we will see extreme temperatures more often,” says WMO Secretary-General Petteri Talas.
“Regardless of whether or not we succeed in measures to combat global warming, the negative trend will continue at least until 2060,” he added.
He says there is already a crisis in agricultural products due to the war, and drought and heat waves will worsen the crisis.
Sources: UN News, Voice of America
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