‘Marker of climate change’: Europe suffocates in June’s record heatwave

Many parts of Europe are experiencing scorching heat with rapidly rising temperatures.

Spain, France and other Western European countries are under the strong June heat wave, which has sparked wildfires and many other concerns.

Temperatures this weekend were at the height of the June heat wave.

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Scientists have predicted that such phenomena will now occur earlier in the year due to global warming.

According to a weather service report, “many parts of the region exceeded 40 degrees Celsius.” While thunderstorms were expected on the Atlantic coast on Sunday evening, the first signs that the sweltering temperatures will gradually decline to affect only the eastern part of the country.

Biarritz, a city in southwestern France, experienced its highest ever temperature of 42.9 degrees Celsius (109.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon, according to state forecaster Météo France.

Queues of several hundred people and traffic jams have formed outside water parks in France as locals see the water as the only refuge from the devastating heat.

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And at Vincennes Zoo, staff constantly monitored the animals for signs of dehydration.

Matthieu Sorel, climatologist at Météo France, said: “This is the first heat wave ever recorded in France since 1947.” He even called the weather a “marker of climate change”.

Forest fires in Spain on Saturday had burned nearly 20,000 hectares of land. Many people have been forced to leave their homes and move to safe places because of the fires. Fourteen villages were evacuated.

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There were also fires in Germany where temperatures reached 36 degrees Celsius.

The UK also recorded its hottest day of the year on Friday, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius in the early afternoon. Italy is also one of the countries. Experts warned that the high temperatures were caused by worrying trends in climate change.

Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, said that “due to climate change, heat waves are starting earlier”.

“What we are witnessing today is unfortunately a taste of the future,” she added.

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Teresa H. Sadler