ROUND: In Germany again around 40 degrees | News

BERLIN / OFFENBACH (dpa-AFX) – Germany is waiting another very hot day – only then, according to the forecast of the German Weather Service (DWD), it should cool down a bit. On Wednesday, extremely high temperatures of up to 40 degrees will say goodbye to the western half of the country and move to the rest of the republic. 34 to 40 degrees are expected in the eastern half, according to DWD.

Germany also felt the heat over Europe on Tuesday, with temperatures often well over 35 degrees. In the west, DWD even believed that temperatures over 40 degrees were possible – in the evening the warmest place turned out to be Duisburg (Duisburg-Baerl station) with 39.5 degrees. It also made Tuesday the hottest day of the year so far. A month ago (June 19), 39.2 degrees were measured in Cottbus and Dresden. The annual heat record for Germany was not broken in 2022: 41.2 degrees – measured on July 25, 2019 in Duisburg and Tnisvorst on the Lower Rhine near Krefeld.

The World Weather Organization (WMO) in Geneva believes heatwaves like those in Europe will be normal during the summer months. “Such episodes are becoming more frequent and the negative trend will continue until at least 2060, regardless of the success of our climate protection efforts,” WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said Tuesday. It can also be warmer in Europe. Governments should do much more to protect the climate, Taalas said. “I hope these events will send a wake-up call to governments and that in democracies they will have consequences in the next elections.”

The Italian fire department evacuated more than 100 people from their homes in Tuscany on Tuesday due to a large forest fire near Lucca. A fire in the Massarosa commune occupies the emergency services from Monday evening. The president of the Tuscany region, Eugenio Giani, spoke of an affected area of ​​around 400 hectares. The smoke spread to the surrounding provinces. Five helicopters and four fireplanes fought the flames from the air.

In Greece, which also suffers from heatwaves, more pleasant temperatures were announced for Wednesday. Athens should be around 30 degrees heat, the maximum temperature around noon was predicted for the holiday Crete at 27 degrees. “Dream weather,” as the Greek media calls it, is the result of strong northern winds near the gis. However, these winds can ignite the slightest fire into a greater fire, warned civil defense.

According to the government, the forest fires that have occurred in Portugal in recent weeks can also be attributed to carelessness and deliberate arson. Interior Minister Jos Luis Carneiro said that by mid-July this year, more than 50 people had been arrested on suspicion of being responsible for forest fires. According to authorities, only 23 percent of all fires in Portugal are due to purely natural causes, he said. According to Carneiro, 13 percent. it concerned deliberate arson. According to information from the nature protection agency ICNF, fires in Portugal have already destroyed almost 60,000. hectares in just over six and a half months this year – more than twice as much as in the whole of last year.

The situation on Tuesday was dramatic even in Britain due to the heatwave. In London, the fire department had to deal with major fires and announced a major accident. In Coningsby, East English Lincolnshire, 40.3 degrees were measured in the afternoon, according to preliminary Met Office data – a British record. Before this week it was 38.7 degrees as measured at Cambridge in 2019.

The great fires also raged on the French Atlantic coast for several days and spread further on Tuesday. According to the prefecture in charge of the Gironde, 19,300 hectares of land burned down in a week south of Bordeaux.

In Germany, more and more forest fires are to be fought without the support of fire-fighting aircraft. A spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said there were no plans to purchase such aircraft, questioned by a German news agency. She referred to the responsibility of the Länder and municipalities for protection against natural disasters and fires. With its resources, the federal government can provide administrative assistance only where the forces of the federal states and municipalities are insufficient, for a limited period of time – for example, by federal police helicopters and armed forces.

According to the ministry, forest and vegetation fires occurring in Germany are not of the size of Australia, the USA or Canada, where fire-fighting planes are used to extinguish fires. Wherever air support is required in this country, a helicopter may be better at positioning the water at certain points. CDU expert Henning Otte previously called for the purchase of firefighting planes: “The federal government must finally act and equip or acquire Bundeswehr transport aircraft in such a way that they can be used effectively to put out forest fires – even if it is not the core task of the armed forces.” / ll / DP / eg

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