In the first few days of this year alone, thousands of heat records have been broken across Europe.
In some places on the continent, it has been measured to be between 10 and 20 degrees warmer than usual.
In Warsaw, the thermometer read 18.9 degrees on Sunday, 4 degrees higher than it had been measured in the Polish capital in January.
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Bilbao, Spain clocked in at 25.1 degrees, the same as the usual average temperature for July and more than 10 degrees above the normal average for January, according to BBC.
Other parts of Spain are also experiencing high temperatures, and in parts of Catalonia, including Barcelona, \u200b\u200bwater use restrictions have been imposed.
Record high temperatures have also been recorded in the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Denmark and Belarus in recent days, and record heat has also been measured in regions of Germany, France and Ukraine.
The new January record in Belarus was 16.4 degrees, about 4.5 degrees higher than the one measured in January.
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In Switzerland too, the thermometer has shown over 20 degrees, and there has been very little snow at the ski resorts in the Alps this year.
Shrinking glaciers in the Alps could eventually threaten water supplies in several European countries, experts warn.
Some climatologists and meteorologists reacted strongly to the high temperatures in Europe.
– This is completely unprecedented in modern times, said Scottish meteorologist Scott Duncan Twitter.
Climatologist Maximiliano describes extreme temperatures of up to Washington Post.
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– This is madness. This is the most extreme event ever seen in European climatology.
While northern Denmark had temperatures above 12 degrees on Tuesday, it was around minus ten degrees in Eastern Norway in Norway. Says meteorologist Rasmus Benestad Aftenposten that it is due to the movement of the jet stream.
A jet stream is a collection of strong, narrow wind currents that circle the globe, 5-15 kilometers above sea level. Cold winds separate cold air from the North Pole and warm air further south. The wind direction is usually from west to east.
The UK, Ireland, France and Spain recently found that 2022 was the warmest year on record.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill explained to newspapers Guard that one of the causes of high temperatures in Europe is due to warm air masses from the west coast of Africa.
According to meteorologists, the air mass has moved northeast over Europe from Portugal and Spain, with the help of high pressure over the Mediterranean.
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– The extreme heat is almost, frankly, completely unparalleled, Burkill told the newspaper.
Human-caused climate change is being blamed for the fact that heat waves are becoming stronger, more frequent, and longer lasting.
The world’s average temperature has increased by 1.1 degrees since pre-industrial times, and according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) there is a 50 percent chance it will exceed 1.5 degrees in the next five years.
In the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world’s nations agreed to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees, compared to what was measured between 1850 and 1900.
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