Mercury climbs as Europe braces for summer scorcher

Posted: June 24, 2019 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, weather

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This looks like an obvious propaganda opportunity for the usual ambulance-chasing climate alarm suspects. If warm weather blows in from the Sahara desert it must be your fault…type of thing. But for many Brits at least it will make a change from some recent cool and miserable June weather, while the French recall problems arising from a hot summer sixteen years ago.

Temperatures were climbing on Sunday as Europe braced for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa, reports

Europeans are set to bake in what forecasters are warning will likely be record-breaking temperatures for June with the mercury set to peak mid-week.

Hot and humid nights can be expected, officials say, with many issuing guidelines for surviving the scorcher, and local authorities and hospitals on high alert for a surge in cases of dehydration, heat-stroke and other weather-related conditions.

They are also warning that the extreme heat could bring on violent storms.

Spain’s AEMET weather agency issued a “yellow alert” for severe weather on Sunday, but said it expected the heat to peak later in the week with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees Celsius, particularly inland.

“Temperatures may exceed 42 degrees” in the northeastern Ebro valley area from Thursday until Saturday, the agency said, indicating the heat could persist into early next week.

Britain’s MetOffice said it was particularly concerned that the heatwave could trigger “violent storms” and warned Britons to expect “hot, humid and unstable” weather.

It issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday, saying the highest temperatures were expected later in the week rising into the 30s in central and southwest England.

‘Cool rooms’ in Paris

In Germany, forecasters said they were expecting a week-long heatwave with temperatures that could break the 2015 record of 40.3 degrees, blaming it on a front of “warm air coming from the Sahara”.

And after last summer’s heatwave, farmers are again fearful the high temperatures could damage crops.

“Should we get tropical temperatures of 35 degrees or more, that would depress the crop yields,” farmers’ spokesman Joachim Rukwied told DPA news agency, saying grain crops had received just enough rainfall last month and were going through an “important growing phase”.

And Meteo France also warned of a “hot, humid and unstable” weather front that could push the mercury up to 40 degrees from Tuesday in some parts of the country, including Paris. The authorities activated an action plan for children, the sick and elderly as well as for homeless people.

France is wary of a repeat of the intense heatwave of summer 2003, when nearly 15,000 died over a two-week period, most of them elderly.

In Paris, officials pledged to open ‘cool rooms’ inside public buildings, set up temporary water fountains, and leave the city’s parks and gardens unlocked and accessible at night.

City workers would also distribute water to the homeless and install fans in schools and nurseries.

Full report here.

  1. Bloke down the pub says:

    Wasn’t one of the issues with the French heatwave, that it took place during the holiday season when most Parisiens upsticks and head for the coast? Pensioners who were left at home, unattended, had no-one to call on for assistance.

  2. MrGrimNasty says:

    The June record for France alone is 43C.

    The all time official highest Europe temperature is 48C, which was in the 2nd week of July.

    Not that a propaganda opportunity will go to waste, a record will be found!

    Last year Tokyo broke its heat record 41.1C, they didn’t mention the old record was 41C!

  3. oldbrew says:

    So-called records in cities or other built-up areas like airports are well-known to be dubious anyway, with all the non-natural temperature influences around: heat from transport, buildings, industry, road surfaces etc.

  4. JB says:

    “Britain’s MetOffice said it was particularly concerned that the heatwave could trigger ‘violent storms’ and warned Britons to expect ‘…unstable’ weather.”

    What the hey is “unstable weather?” It is my understanding the weather the planet has experienced for the last 5,000 years is the most stable the weather has ever been on this planet. We are a species with a terrible memory.

    I expect our 3rd or 4th generation descendants will long for the lavish warmth we have “sweltered” under–if they inherit records with truth in them.

  5. oldbrew says:

    We show that the occurrence of this wave 7 pattern has increased over recent decades. – see link below

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    Minnesota and the Dakotas will gladly trade with you. We’ve been between ten and fifteen degrees colder than normal all Spring and now into Summer. It’s near the end of June and we’ll be lucky to hit seventy today when it should be high seventies to low eighties.

    A very cold Spring, this just in from News Center Eleven…. [*sound of crickets*]

  7. waterside4 says:

    up here in the Marxist republic of Scotland we have had to cancel our tee time on the Carnoustie links tonight as it is Pisshing doon and brass monkey cold. When is this global warming due to start please?

  8. oldbrew says:

    waterside – Wednesday if not before 😎

  9. ivan says:

    We could do with some of the gorebull warbling warm weather here in the south of France – the highest we have had according to my met station 28.8C during the day and down to 19C at night. Also we have had rain and thunder storms for the last few weeks.

    I assume those making predictions are using the overheated climate models so their overheated predictions are to be expected.

  10. oldbrew says:

    See Accuweather’s heatwave graphic here:

    Accuweather says: While warm, northern Britain into Scandinavia will escape the extreme heat with more comfortable conditions prevailing this week.

    Temperatures will peak across western and central Europe from Wednesday into Friday.

  11. Gamecock says:

    waterside, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.

  12. Stephen Richards says:

    Our record temperature in france is 42.1C, i believe. Haven’t looked it up recently. In 2003 we had over 35C for nearly 2 months. It was warm from February through to october. This is year is not even an EV limit away

  13. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Piers’ headline for this month was Iberia & West Europe Late June HEATWAVE and no CO2 required in making that forecast just solar and lunar action. The forecast was made 14 weeks ago – long before the climate ambulance chasers and their protesting sheep get driven out of their urban fields to protest against the weather.

  14. oldbrew says:

    BBC weather said today the French temp record is 44.1C in 2003. Forecast to reach 44C in the south sometime this week.

    Similar for Spain/Portugal and high of 41C possible in Switzerland. Sounds a lot like Piers Corbyn’s long range forecast 😎 [craigm350 says: June 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm]
    – – –

  15. oldbrew says:

    Meanwhile, welcome to El No-no…

    Issued 25 June 2019
    ENSO Outlook reset to INACTIVE

    The ENSO Outlook has been reset to INACTIVE. The immediate likelihood of El Nino developing has passed with ENSO-neutral the most likely scenario through the southern winter and spring.

    Latest observations of both atmospheric and oceanic ENSO indicators are largely neutral. Model outlooks suggest the tropical Pacific Ocean will remain neutral (although warmer than average) throughout the outlook period.

    An INACTIVE status means that ENSO is neutral and there are no clear indications that an El Niño or La Niña event will develop in the coming months. It doesn’t mean the chance of El Niño has dropped to 0%, but the odds of an event has dropped below 50% and ENSO-neutral is now considered the most likely outcome.

  16. oldbrew says:

  17. ivan says:

    Oh dear, I wonder where this heat wave has gone to. So far I have seen 35.4C as the hottest during the day (Wed) and it is now down to 19.8C 01.58 at night.

    If they can’t predict this how can they the temperature years ahead?

  18. oldbrew says:

    ivan – it’s out there somewhere.

    BBC: European heatwave sets new June temperature records

    Meteorologists say exceptionally hot air drawn in from northern Africa is to blame for the European heatwave.

    French officials have issued stark warnings about the risk to life.
    . . .
    Temperatures have been climbing in recent days – but are expected to get even hotter in some places towards the end of the week.
    – – –
    Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies
    – – –
    Here in northern England at about 53 degrees north of the equator, 28-30C is expected on Saturday. That wouldn’t be a record for June, but getting close to it. Seasonal average around 18C.

  19. Gamecock says:

    35°C here for a few days. We call it “summer.”

  20. oldbrew says:

    AFP says:
    Meteorologists point to a blast of hot air from northern Africa for the scorching early European summer.

    Scientists warn that global warming linked to human fossil fuel use could make such heatwaves more frequent.

    Where’s the ‘human fossil fuel use’ in the Sahara desert? 🤔
    Who writes this junk?

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