European states have been suffering from extreme temperatures for more than a week. Abnormal heat has led to fires that rage not only in forests, but also in settlements. More than a thousand local residents have died in Portugal.
Most of the countries of Western Europe have been suffering from high temperatures for more than a week now. Historical records have already been broken in different cities, and devastating fires are raging not only in forests, but also in settlements.
A heat wave in the UK: “absolute hell”
The heat wave that covered the United Kingdom on Monday, July 18, became a real “temperature apocalypse”. July 19 is officially now considered the warmest day in the history of the country for the entire period of meteorological observations. The thermometers have exceeded 40 degrees.
According to BBC News, 19 July was the busiest working day for the London Fire Brigade since the Second World War. The crews had to fight numerous fires at record high temperatures. Firefighters described yesterday to journalists as “absolute hell”.
Today, the situation in most regions has improved slightly, journalists specify. However, transport links are still not fully restored. The publication informs that abnormal heat has led to canceled trains in different regions of the country. On the morning of July 19, about two dozen trains from London were also delayed or completely canceled. And where the trains still run, there was a problem with congestion. Also, eyewitnesses reported that in some places the rails were deformed.
The publication also wrote about the melting runways at airports. Because of this, there were interruptions in air traffic.
Meanwhile, heavy thunderstorms and showers are expected in east and southeast England today.
France heatwave: evacuation
< p> In fifteen regions of France set the red level of danger. The city of Beziers recorded a historical record – here the temperature rose to +40.4 degrees Celsius.
The largest fires in the last 30 years have been recorded in the southwest. In the city of La Teste-de-Buch, the fire has been raging for a week already.
However, the most difficult situation remains in the Gironde department, where the fire has captured an area of 100 thousand square meters. km. Here, the fire has already destroyed more than 10 thousand hectares of forest plantations. About 11 thousand local residents left their homes, more than 20 thousand local authorities and rescuers evacuated from tourist bases and hotels.
Anomalous heat in Germany: Saxon Switzerland under threat
For Germany, July 19 was also the hottest day of this year. +38C recorded today in some regions.
A major fire broke out in the Saxon Switzerland National Park in the east of the country. About a hundred firefighters took part in its extinguishing, which lasted about 20 hours. According to the district administration in Pirna, two of them were injured.
On the right bank of the Elbe, the fire area was about 2.5 thousand square meters. m.
Anomalous heat in Portugal: more than 1,000 deaths
In Portugal, where the temperature also exceeded 40 degrees, abnormal heat has already taken the lives of 1,063 people, said the head of the country's health department, Graça Freitas. According to her, the temperature will continue to rise, so people will have to learn how to live in such extreme conditions.
“Portugal is among the regions of the globe that can be most affected by high temperatures,” the official emphasized.< /p>
Heatwaves, ongoing drought and poor forest management have caused several forest fires.
Temperatures have dropped slightly over the past few days, but still remain above normal.
We also wrote how you can escape from the heat. Experts stress the importance of staying hydrated and replenishing the minerals we lose when we sweat.