Imagine a yearly recurrence of the current sweltering heat wave steaming across the European continent...soaring mercury numbers from Germany, to Poland, to Czech Republic, to Spain, to Portugal, to the United Kingdom (UK), and to France, which today reached the unprecedented temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.6 F).
Most of Europe has been under a life-taking heat wave for days and the weather pattern could continue for a few more days. While it is not the first time Europe has experienced such high temperatures, there is a genuine fear that said conditions could become more commonplace due to Climate Change.
That Europe's highest recorded temperature of 48C (118.4F) at Athens, Greece, in 1977, still stands, cannot provide any solace to the continent that it's atmosphere is not warming, especially against the background that 20 of Europe's warmest years have been experienced in the last 22-years and the years 2015-8, are ranked in the top-4 warmest years, the BBC-News reported.
Though Climate Change might not be the direct culprit of the current adverse warmth across Europe, today's unprecedented heat at Gallargues-le-Montueux, France; coupled with recorded highest June temperatures in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, make for worrisome repeat possibilities. A heat wave across Europe in 2003 killed thousands of people.
The current weather pattern, according to experts, has been influenced by high pressure across the continent attracting warm air from the Sahara Desert in Africa. It is normal for such weather systems to be influenced by warm air from northern Africa, but the current condition is pulling in hot air directly from the largest desert in the world.
European governments have issued alerts prompting their citizens to exercise caution during the present heat wave, yet deaths have been reported along with flash floods and wildfires. Hopefully, the weather system will change soon bringing desired relief to Europe.