Europe’s heatwave is expected to peak on Tuesday, but temperatures could remain above normal until the middle of next week, the World Meteorological Organization said.
t warned that such events could occur more frequently in the future.
“The question everyone is asking as we look ahead is when is this going to end?” said Robert Stefanski, head of Applied Climate Services at WMO. “Unfortunately, models from all our partners at the national and regional levels may not be considered until the middle of next week.”
Britain recorded its highest-ever temperature of 40C today, while firefighters in south-west France struggled to contain huge wildfires as a heatwave rising from the south settled over western Europe.
Mr Stefanski said he expected temperatures to peak on Tuesday but would remain above average.
At the same briefing, WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas warned that he expects a “much higher” number of heat waves in the future due to climate change.
“The direction is clear and in the future these types of heat waves will be normal and we will see even stronger extremes,” said Mr Taalas, who wore short sleeves and a red and blue tie, which he chose to illustrate the warming trend.
Officials said at the same news conference they expected more deaths among the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions due to the ongoing heatwave, as well as challenges for health systems from increased demand.
https://www.independent.ie/weather/europes-heatwave-could-persist-into-next-week-after-peaking-41852497.html After peaking, the heatwave in Europe could last into next week