Europe has marked a new milestone in its temperature history that will be difficult to overcome for a month of June, although the dynamics of recent years show a tragic trend that presupposes a “hellish” future where everything could be possible. So it is not something we should be very proud of: Europe has lived the hottest month of its history in June with records that had never been recorded before by this time. The heat wave that came from the Sahara desert increased mercury between 6ºC and 10ºC above normal in France, Germany, northern Spain and Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic, reaching some points to register last Friday peaks of 45.9 ° C.
According to the European program of Earth observation ‘Copernicus’, focused on climate change, the thermometers increased by up to 0.1 ° C the previous record we lived in 2016.
Are these heat waves due to climate change?
For the director of the ‘Copernicus’ program, Jean-Noël Thépaut, “although it is difficult to directly attribute this heat to climate change, such extreme weather events are expected to become more common as the planet continues to warm up under increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases”. A trend referred to by a new study by the World Weather Attribution organization, which concludes that climate change caused the heat wave to hit 5 times stronger than it should: “Every heat wave that occurs in Europe today it becomes more likely and intense due to man-induced climate change. “
France has undoubtedly been one of the points that has attracted the most attention in the last two weeks, even more so when in 2003 a heat wave of similar characteristics killed around 15,000 people. Since then, the country’s national meteorology agency has thoroughly studied the country’s tendency to live similar situations and the figure is alarming. They point out that the number of heat waves has doubled in the last 34 years and is expected to double again before 2050.