Pervasive Heat Wave Roasts Southern Europe, Disrupts Spain’s Slumber

by Andrew Wright
Heat Wave in Southern Europe

An uncompromising heat wave in Spain began intensifying on Wednesday, with forecasts indicating an imminent sweltering weekend ahead for southern Europe.

According to Spain’s meteorological service, southeastern regions of the Iberian Peninsula – currently on high alert for extreme heat – could potentially endure temperatures reaching 45 C (113 F). This scorching record was first set on Monday in the Loja village near Granada, marking the onset of the heat wave that has been disrupting sleep patterns across the nation.

Over 100 weather stations registered temperatures soaring to at least 35 C (95 F) by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, informed Rubén del Campo, a meteorologist with Spain’s national weather agency.

“Expect a general decrease in temperatures on Wednesday, brought about by incoming cool winds from the North and East, except for the southeastern region and southern Andalusia. Here, hot inland winds will force the temperatures to skyrocket,” said Del Campo.

Even though the Iberian Peninsula anticipates some reprieve in the upcoming days, other European nations will have to endure the simmering conditions through the weekend.

Italy, for instance, has issued high heat alerts in 10 cities for the elderly and other vulnerable groups. This extends from Bolzano in the north to Bologna, Florence, and Rome in the south, with Sardinian inland temperatures projected to hit 40 C (104 F) by Wednesday.

However, Italy’s densely populated Lombardy region experienced storms which resulted in floods, uprooted trees, and damage to building rooftops. Over 200 firefighters were mobilized to handle emergencies in Milan, the regional capital, and other areas including Varese, Lecco, Sondrio, and Bergamo.

In Greece, too, temperatures are gradually rising, with forecasts predicting heat wave highs of 44 C (111 F) in some regions. With wildfires posing a considerable risk, access to forests and nature reserves has been prohibited. Furthermore, to provide respite from the heat, air-conditioned public buildings have been opened for the public.

The Greek agriculture ministry has put forward regulations on the working hours and transport of working animals such as horses and donkeys offering rides in tourist spots during the heat wave. The rules limit their working hours during specific temperature ranges and even prohibit work when temperatures surpass these limits.

Scientists have observed a significant surge in heat-related fatalities in Europe during 2022, a year that saw Spain set temperature records. Owing to climate change, the Mediterranean region is predicted to witness faster temperature rises than most other global regions.

Contributors to this report include Colleen Barry in Milan, and Elena Becatoros in Athens, Greece.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Heat Wave in Southern Europe

How high are temperatures expected to rise in Spain during the current heatwave?

Temperatures are expected to potentially hit 45 C (113 F) in southeastern areas of the Iberian Peninsula.

What measures have been taken in Italy due to the heatwave?

High heat alerts have been issued in 10 cities for older people and other vulnerable populations. Furthermore, emergency responders are addressing storm-related flooding and damages.

What preventive steps have been taken in Greece regarding the heatwave?

Authorities have banned access to nature reserves and forests to reduce the risk of wildfires. Additionally, air-conditioned areas in public buildings have been made available for people to escape the heat.

What measures have been implemented in Greece concerning working animals during the heatwave?

The agriculture ministry has issued restrictions on the transportation and working hours of animals such as horses and donkeys, especially those offering rides in tourist areas during the heat wave.

How has climate change affected temperature trends in the Mediterranean region?

Due to climate change, the Mediterranean region is expected to experience temperature increases faster than many other areas of the globe.

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Carlos_M July 13, 2023 - 8:09 am

wow, 113 F in spain? Thats way to high. we need to take climate change seriously. Prayers for all the folks affected.

Stefano Rossi July 13, 2023 - 11:56 am

It’s a furnace here in Rome! This is not normal, climate change is real guys…

Anna Sanchez July 13, 2023 - 2:08 pm

The heat is unbearable! My elderly parents are suffering a lot. we need to do something about climate change soon 🙁

Helena Oliveira July 13, 2023 - 3:35 pm

It’s scary to think that these temperatures might become the new norm… we need to start taking care of our planet better.

Marta Lopez July 13, 2023 - 5:53 pm

so hot right now in Andalusia, u can literally fry an egg on the pavement… stay safe everyone!

George Papadopoulos July 13, 2023 - 7:57 pm

All these heat waves and people still deny climate change? Wake up world!


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