Climate Crisis Blamed as Temperature Records Broken across Europe

New heat records have been set in Belgium, Germany and Netherlands. The UK could see its record broken shortly.

Climate Crisis Blamed as Temperature Records Broken across Europe
ESA's Sentinel-3 records a heatwave in Europe (taken June 27, 2019) ESA/Flickr

Countries across Europe have seen their highest temperatures in recorded history this week.

A record could be broken in the UK today, while Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have already seen their highest temperatures on record.


Heat records across Europe

As reported by the BBC"extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented heat" could rise to a record-breaking 39°C in London and the surrounding area.

This is part of an ongoing extreme heatwave that has already seen records tumble throughout the continent.

The Guardian writes that Germany ’s national weather service, DWD, is in the process of confirming a new all-time national high record of 40.5°C set in the town of Geilenkirchen near the Dutch and Belgian borders.

In Belgium, the temperature in Kleine-Brogel hit 38.9°C on Wednesday — it's still climbing and has gone above 39.9°C.

The Dutch meteorological service, KNMI, recorded temperatures of 39.2°C at the Gilze-Rijen airbase near Breda on Wednesday afternoon, exceeding the 38.6°C record set in August 1944.

Extreme conditions linked to climate change

As per the Guardian, meteorological experts are warning that these rising temperatures are linked to climate change, and are only likely to increase in the coming years.

Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization, said that recent heatwaves bear the “hallmark of climate change.”

The extreme conditions are “becoming more frequent, they’re starting earlier, and they’re becoming more intense,” she said.

“It’s not a problem that’s going to go away.”

Meanwhile, a study published this year by researchers at ETH Zurich claims that last summer's heatwave would have been "statistically impossible" were it not for climate change.

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