A heat wave is rolling towards southern Europe. Temperatures of up to 50 degrees are expected. Experts warn of forest fires and cyclones.
Athens – A heat wave is rolling towards Europe. As weather.com reported, temperatures could rise to 50 degrees in the next week. That would break the European record from 1977. This year, 48.0 degrees were measured in Athens. Large parts of Italy and the south-east could be affected by the hot weather, according to the forecasts. Experts warn of the risk of forest fires and circulatory problems.
Heat wave in southern Europe: Sahara heat is rolling towards the Mediterranean
The extreme weather is tough this year. After the flood disasters in many European countries, a heat wave is currently rolling towards the south of Europe. Sirocco, a name for a desert wind, brings the hot Sahara air over Italy to Romania in southeastern Europe. From Sunday, the heat will first drive the values up to 40 degrees and then in places up to 45 and 50 degrees. Especially Greece and Turkey could hit the heat peaks with 50 degrees. Italy, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania are also in the hot zone. According to forecasts, it is still unclear how far the high temperatures will move north and whether Hungary and Croatia will also be affected.
The extreme heat should last for about a week before cooler air from the north displaces the hot air masses for the first time.
Heat wave in southern Europe: experts warn of forest fires and cyclones in autumn
The extremely hot weather harbors all kinds of dangers. It’s already loud weather.com Burned two and a half times as often as in previous years. Turkey in particular is currently struggling with severe forest fires. The extreme heat exacerbates the danger for all of southern Europe.
In addition, the water temperatures are already very high, as are the maps of the DWD show. The temperatures on the surface are two to three degrees above normal. The heat is likely to cause the water to warm up further. Cyclone-like storms over the Mediterranean in autumn, so-called medicanes, are also more likely. The Mediterranean is already as warm as on the Atlantic in which the Hurricanes warns meteorologist Jan Schenk.
The rolling heat waves are no picnic for humans either. Experts warn of circulatory problems – especially in water. Jumping into the lake or sea can quickly lead to circulatory problems there too. If the air conditioning system is set too cold, it can later cause heat stroke when leaving the car. Caution is advised. (chd)
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