BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The heat on Tuesday could be the warmest day of the year in Germany until then – and even break another record. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), temperatures from 34 to 38 degrees are possible, in the south-west and west up to 40 degrees. Healthcare authorities recommend caution and advise: drink plenty of water and avoid direct sun.
The hottest day so far this year was 19 June: the warmest places were Cottbus and Dresden at 39.2 degrees, according to the weather service. DWD spokesman Andreas Friedrich said on Monday: “We can assume that this record will be broken on Tuesday.” According to DWD, the heat record in Germany is 41.2 degrees – measured on July 25, 2019 in Duisburg. “It is possible that we will reach similar areas along the Rhine on Tuesday,” said Friedrich.
A spokesman told the press of the Funke media group: “But it really doesn’t matter if it is 38 or 40 degrees on Tuesday – there will be a heat wave, you can definitely say that.” The heat is the result of climate change. “Since the famous” summer of the century “in 2003, we don’t experience 40 degrees every year, but more and more, he explained. According to meteorologists, the heat will move east and northeast on Wednesday.
The reason for the summer weather is the highlands above Central Europe, which is slowly moving eastward and bringing in more and more hot, subtropical air from the southwest. The German meteorological service speaks of a “high heat load”.
Especially weaker people can feel this. Due to the danger of heat waves for people in need of care, the social association VdK called for a heat protection plan with comprehensive specifications for nursing homes. “We urgently need a heat crisis concept, which is particularly stressful for people in nursing homes and hospitals,” VdK president Verena Bentele told the German editorial network (RND / Tuesday).
Authorities and the fire department in Hamburg have warned of heat stress. “Drink enough, avoid direct sun and strenuous physical activity, and keep your home cool,” the health authority recommended. “Children, the elderly and people with special needs in particular can suffer from too much sun and heat exposure because they cannot accurately assess the risks.”
“Sunburn, headache and sunstroke from too much direct sunlight are the greatest risks,” said Jan-Arne Lauffs, head of the central emergency department at the University Rescue Center in Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
People in other parts of Europe also suffer from heat. In the UK, the Met Office said temperatures could go as high as 41 degrees in parts of England. The extreme heat of the day caused significant disruptions at London’s Luton Airport on Monday. The airport reported that the surface of the runway was damaged by high temperatures. Several flights have had to be canceled or diverted according to reports.
Traffic restrictions are also due to the weather in France. The Grand Est region in the east of the country has imposed restrictions on drivers due to air pollution from the sun and heat. Measures due to enter into force on Tuesday morning include a speed limit of 20 kilometers per hour on motorways and dual carriageways.
In the Netherlands, the weather service forecasts maximum temperatures of over 40 degrees on Tuesday. The “Oranje Code” applies: this means that people should avoid exercise, drink a lot and, if possible, not go out in the sun. The biggest walking event in Europe – “Vierdaagse” from Nijmegen – was to start on Tuesday. However, the first day of a four-day marathon with more than 50 kilometers a day was canceled due to high temperatures.
In Italy, Bozen, Brescia, Florence and Perugia, among others, are affected by heat and steamy air. In addition, the fire department is still on the alert and is fighting forest and shrub fires across the country. Civil Defense in Sicily announced the highest forest fire risk in some areas on Tuesday.
It also burned down in parts of Spain, Portugal and France. According to official estimates, fires that have raged for about ten days have destroyed a total of 25,000 hectares of forest in Spain and dozens of houses, shops and factories. But there was good news here: the heatwave that has been engulfing Spain from July 9 will end on Tuesday, local Aemet weather service assured. It is likely to cool also in some areas in the west of France./ab/DP/zb