Heat in Europe to Spike Again in August

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Forecast by Bloomberg indicates that while much of mainland Europe will be wet and windy in the first half of this month, the second half will witness above-average heat in Spain, southern Italy and Greece. 

“August is the warmest month of the year for both land and Northern Hemisphere ocean temperatures, so there is a possibility we will see further heat waves in August,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts.

Heat waves hammered the Northern Hemisphere this summer, putting the world on track for its hottest ever month in July, after a record June. The high temperature has been blamed on fossil fuel emissions. There are also wildfires in Greece and Canada threatening the health and livelihoods of millions.

Meanwhile, the wildfires that ravaged the Mediterranean have largely been brought under control, but only after an area almost the size of Greater London was burnt starting July 15. It is predicted that drier conditions will continue in parts of Greece and Spain, keeping the risk of wildfires high.

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