The warnings, which mean even healthy people are at risk of heat harm, include tourist destinations such as Rome, Florence and Bologna.
The government has urged everyone in the regions to avoid the sun between 11am and 6pm. Elderly people should be especially careful, according to reports. BBC.
temperatures in Italy It found itself in places over the past week above 45 degrees. At least one person, a 44-year-old man, died as a result of the heat. There were also reports of a number of tourists falling due to the hot weather.
The heat is expected to continue and next week the temperature is expected to rise above 40 degrees again. The Italian weather service has dubbed the new heat wave the Caron – the ferryman who brings the souls of the dead across the River Styx to Hades, the kingdom of the dead in Greek mythology.
The heat seems to be going on. Maybe with slightly smaller shifts but still very warm, says Linus Karlsson of SMHI.
But in Sweden there are none Signs that a heat wave is coming. Instead of hot air from Africa, cooler air is expected to travel in from the west.
The heat in the Mediterranean Sea is associated with the high pressure that has settled there. Very temporarily, the heat on Saturday extended to the southernmost parts of Sweden, but no further. Then it moves east, says Linus Carlson.
It is not only in the Mediterranean region that temperatures are unusually high at the moment. Heat waves also appear in the USA, China and North Africa. Weather warnings covered at least 93 million people in the United States on Friday. According to the latest forecasts, as many as 100 heat records could be broken this weekend.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization, VMO, sees a correlation between extreme temperatures around the world.
“Exceptionally high temperatures in subtropical regions are the main metrological origin of the heat wave extending over the Mediterranean,” said Omar Bodour, director of climate monitoring at the organization. press release.
The risk of wildfires is high, not least in Spain where the risks are “extreme” or “very severe” in some places, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Greece, whose temperature in recent days has exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, has been severely affected by forest fires in recent years. In 2018, nearly 100 people died in severe fires that raged around the capital, Athens. In Canada, which is currently going through its worst fire season in modern times, hundreds of fires are out of control.
Severe weather, like is becoming increasingly common, and has a very significant impact on human health, ecosystems, economies, agriculture, energy, and water supplies, notes WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas.
The United Nations Climate Panel estimates that by 2050, nearly half of Europe’s population could be at high or very high risk of heat-related health problems during the summer.
It is not yet possible to determine whether the Mediterranean heat wave is the result of climate change.
– In some cases, studies are then conducted that look at the possibility of this happening with or without climate change. It goes along with climate change, but whether this particular heat wave is caused by it is too early to say, says Linus Carlson.
Many record temperatures are expected in the United States – large wildfires in Canada
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