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Europe Swelters Again

Europe Swelters Again

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, July 25, 2019/Categories: natural history, space science, sustainability, environment, climate change

          European Heatwave, 7-23-2019 (credit: The Weather Channel)

In less than two months, Europe is gripped by a severe heatwave. The jet stream had been disrupted in the first instance and has been again with the latest blast. Temperature records are falling across Western Europe from a dome of high pressure allowing hot air from the Sahara to push northwards. Temperature anomalies in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands have already been broken and measurement in the German town of Linden exceeded 108F (42C). Paris recorded its highest temperature ever measured..

Such extremes are reaching into dangerous zones for people and also building structures. The Notre Dame cathedral was severely damaged by fire earlier this year is one example. Water used to control the fire remains with in the building's masonry raising concerns that the excessive heat may cause further damage. The "new normal" is now the norm.



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