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These countries also suffer from heat

These countries also suffer from heat

In southern Europe, southeast Asia, and the southern United States, people experience very hot weather. 2023 could be a record year par excellence.

A man in New Delhi is looking for shelter from the heat. – France Press agency

The basics in brief

  • Many regions of the world are currently experiencing extreme heat.
  • Man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and the El Niño phenomenon are to blame for this.
  • According to one expert, 2023 could be the warmest year on record.

The weather around the world is still hot and dry: one temperature record after another is currently being broken all over the world. The highest average global temperature has been recorded since measurements began last week. And last month was the hottest on record.

Switzerland has been experiencing temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius since the end of the week. The federal government has issued a level 3 of 5 heat warning.

But other regions also suffer greatly from the weather. Overview.

south of Europe

In Italy, temperatures rose to 40°C in mid-June – today it looks about the same. Hot air pouring in from North Africa is also causing temperatures to rise in Spain, which are expected to last until at least Wednesday. According to the Meteorological Service Aemet, temperatures are expected to reach 44 degrees in parts of Andalusia.

Two men rest during a heat wave in Greece. The weather makes things difficult for the people in the country. – Keystone

While a lull is expected in Switzerland thanks to thunderstorms, things are really going up in Greece at the end of the week. From Friday, temperatures are expected to rise above 40°C in many places. In the capital, Athens, maximum temperatures could reach 45 degrees on Saturday.

Asia

Parts of China have been experiencing unusual heat for weeks. The north in particular was hit harder and earlier than usual by the weather.

On Monday, authorities again warned residents of the heat. They recommend limiting outdoor activities due to temperatures over 40°C.

opinion poll

Are you good at handling heat?

Yes, I don’t mind.

44%

No, I suffer greatly.

56%

A heat wave hit India and Pakistan more than a week ago. In a Pakistani province, temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius have been measured. Several deaths occurred in a hospital due to lack of air conditioning. It’s still hot this week, about 40 degrees.

America

In the southern United States, the heat wave really only started this week. A so-called heat dome has formed over the southwestern states, according to the National Weather Service. So, in parts of California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, the thermometer is expected to rise above 37 degrees Celsius. Next week is expected until 44 degrees.

Experts are particularly concerned about the duration of the heatwave: El Paso, Texas, set a new record for 24 days in a row with temperatures over 37.7°C.

In Mexico, extreme heat claimed more than 100 lives in June. In the north of the country, the temperature reached 49 degrees Celsius.

Climate change as a cause of hot weather

According to climate researcher Reto Knutti from ETH Zurich, 2023 is on track to become the warmest year in the world. “In 2024, that’s absolutely certain,” he says. no.

However, it is difficult to predict how long heat waves will last and which regions of the world will be particularly affected.

According to Knuti, there are three main reasons for the hot year. “The reasons are primarily the long-term warming caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide. Secondly, the North Atlantic is very warm as a result of current weather patterns,” he explains.

In addition, El Niño results in “a particularly warm eastern Pacific,” Knuti says. But this situation is not directly related to climate change. El Niño is a natural phenomenon that occurs every three to seven years.