‘Surprise’ Early Heatwave In Europe, Harbinger Of Things To Come

Sweltering conditions in Europe have come earlier than expected this year but the bad news is, they’re the shape of things to come. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the intense heatwave made its way from North Africa.The UN agency explained that an Atlantic low-pressure system between the Azores and Madeira is fueling the warm front, pushing it towards western Europe. Drought warnings are an added concern in much of western Europe, as no significant rainfall is forecast in Europe in the coming days, apart from isolated thunderstorms. Large areas from southeastern Central Europe to the northwestern Black Sea are also suffering from drought, WMO said, adding that in the US, much of the west of the country is facing its second or third drought year in a row, with fears of growing water stress heading into the summer season.

By UN News. June 17, 2022.

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