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Europe sees record temperatures as heatwave sweeps continent

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 01/07/2022 Daniel Keane

A heatwave sweeping across Europe has seen June temperatures soar to record levels.

The mercury has risen well above the June average in many countries, with northern and eastern Europe particularly hard-hit.

Some countries have seen their average temperatures rise by as much as 20C.

Norway saw its temperatures rise to 32.5C in Banak on Wednesday – the highest temperature ever recorded in the Article Circle in Europe and well above the June average of 13C. Tromsø, which is above the Arctic Circle, hit 30C on Tuesday.

Bosnia and Herzegovina saw the mercury hover 0.2C below the June record of 41C, while Slovenia and Croatia also saw record highs.

Tourists walk on the Stradun street in Dubrovnik, Croatia (REUTERS) © Provided by Evening Standard Tourists walk on the Stradun street in Dubrovnik, Croatia (REUTERS)

Rome set a June milestone on Tuesday with a temperature reading of 40.7C, while severe drought impacted other regions of Italy and prompted water conversation measures. In Milan, authorities turned off half of the city’s public fountains this week in a bid to save water while other cities have placed restrictions on air-conditioning.

A girl drinks water near the Colosseum as an extraordinary heatwave hits Italy (REUTERS) © Provided by Evening Standard A girl drinks water near the Colosseum as an extraordinary heatwave hits Italy (REUTERS)

In a new study published on Wednesday, Met Office scientists calculated that the chances of record-breaking June monthly temperatures in western Europe had become 10 times more likely in just 20 years as a result of climate change.

Video: Sweltering heatwave blankets western Europe (Sky News)

The team were able to calculate the chances of reaching the record-breaking temperatures of June 2003 in western Europe under the climatic conditions of the time, before comparing that probability to that of the same temperatures being reached in the current climatic conditions of 2022.

Met Office Climate Change Attribution Scientist Dr Nikos Christidis, said: “We found that in just two decades, the probability of seeing those record breaking 2003 temperatures again have become more than 10 times more likely.”

Europe is not the only region to be affected by severe heatwaves, with Japan also grappling with record temperature rises in the past week.

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Around 16 per cent of the country had its hottest June day on record on Thursday, according to NHK meteorologist Sayaka Mori.

He said the country had seen its first-ever readings of 40C in June in the city of Isesaki, while Tokyo also recorded 35C temperatures for over 5 days – the longest on record for the month.

Government staff in the Japanese capital have been advised to work in the dark due to the extreme heat, according to the Washington Post.

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