Fountains and other water points were stormed on Wednesday throughout Europe, while a hot wind from the Sahara has swept over the old continent.
In Berlin it was up to 37 degrees. The inhabitants took refuge in the parks of the city, in search of a little freshness.
“In the morning, it was good,” said a Berliner, “I woke up thinking I was on vacation, but after I suffered in my apartment, I live on the top floor.”
Heat record also beaten in Poland with 38.2 degrees recorded Wednesday in the village of Radzyn (southwest) after the 38 degrees Wroclaw in 1935.
- Short sleeves and shorts
In Rome, tourists braved the heat wave, while the thermometer also showed 38 °. Italy had not experienced such a heat spike for nearly 10 years.
“We took umbrellas, put on short sleeves, shorts,” says a tourist, “we arrived this morning, we planned to stay in the shade, and it works pretty well!”
In Hungary, too, heat records have been broken, although it has been a little warmer than in the rest of Europe. In Budapest, the thermometer showed 33 °. Unusual weather, but still tolerable for locals.
“It sounds weird, but for me it’s still acceptable temperatures, says a Hungarian, if you look at Germany or France, it’s up to 40 ° C, so here it’s nice. to refresh a little this weekend, it would be even better. ”
- Climate change
This heat wave is expected to worsen on Thursday and Friday. Many regions, especially in southern Europe, are still on heatwaves.
In Spain for example, it is expected to 44 degrees in Girona, Catalonia. Public TVE has dubbed this episode of heat “the week of hell”.
“Global temperatures are rising because of climate change, and with them the likelihood of an extreme heat wave,” said Len Shaffrey, a professor of climate science at the University of Reading.
According to the Potsdam Specialized Climate Institute, the hottest summers in Europe since the year 1500 have all been raised in the 21st century. In descending order: 2018, 2010, 2003, 2016 and 2002.