As a terrible foretaste of what awaits France between Sunday and Tuesday, the heat has set new records in Spain, where the thermometer has already crossed 45 degrees. Across Southwest Europe, the heat wave is expected to last from a week to ten days, i.e. at least until Sunday and possibly the middle of next week.
“For Thursday we expect it to be the hottest day of this heat wave episode”, the Spanish weather forecasting institute AEMET said, expecting the thermometer to indicate a higher temperature in the valleys of Guadiana, Guadalquivir and Tagus and crush the center of the peninsula below 40 degrees. Almost all of Spain was put on alert on Wednesday, with the exception of the Canary archipelago. Andalusia (South), Extremadura (Southwest) and Galicia (Northwest) are on red.
In Almonte in Andalusia, a maximum of 45.6°C was recorded at 5 pm, while several cities in the south exceeded 44°C, such as Seville, Cordoba or Badajoz. At the end of the week, the temperature grip for Spain, especially for the south and west, should loosen, while the situation for the northwest will remain difficult until the heat wave evacuates north, to France and then to the UK. .
The peak in temperatures should be reached in France on Sunday or Monday, according to forecasts on Wednesday from Météo-France. “France is undergoing a heat wave that will become intense between Sunday and Tuesday”the forecasters noted. Temperatures will gradually drop from the west from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Nights above 20°C
“The axis of the highest temperatures will extend from the Pyrenees to the Pays de la Loire between Sunday and Monday, with nighttime temperatures not falling below 20 to 25°C and daytime temperatures that can exceed 40°C in many places. come, and locally 42°C”, they noted. The hardest hit regions should be the southwest and the lower Rhone Valley in particular.
With this heat, many fires rage in southern Europe. In Greece, a helicopter trying to put out a forest fire in Samos crashed into the Aegean Sea, we heard from the Greek coast guard on Wednesday.
In Portugal, a fire in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday killed one person in the Aveiro region, according to emergency services. According to the newspaper Correio da Manha“It would be a woman of about fifty years old.
The center of the country, which has been engulfed in flames since Thursday, continues to be hardest hit by the wildfires that broke out again on Tuesday afternoon, fanned by the heat and force of the wind. “We live in a region of the world where climate change will systematically worsen conditions in the coming years”Prime Minister Antonio Costa insisted on Tuesday.
Two fires have sparked in France “at a dry vegetation, especially the undergrowth” have destroyed 2,700 hectares of pine trees in the Bordeaux region since Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.
The intensity of this second heat wave hitting the country in a month could be “equivalent” until the deadly heatwave of August 2003 (with nearly 19,500 deaths in France), noted Matthieu Sorel, a climatologist at Météo-France. It had then taken two weeks.
In the United Kingdom, the weather agency (Met Office) has issued an orange warning for a wave of “extreme heat” from Sunday with temperatures that can rise above 35 degrees.