Europe endures on Friday the last day of extreme temperatures of a heat wave that has recorded historical records in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland or France and two fatalities, while preparing for an episode of heavy storms, rains and winds .
In Belgium, high temperatures have claimed their first victim today, a 66-year-old woman who has died while sunbathing in the coastal region of Middelkerke, and in Granada (southern Spain), an 85-year-old man died yesterday due to to a heat stroke after prolonged exposure to the sun during a walk.
This episode will also have fatal environmental consequences, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as it threatens to leave the ice sheet of the Danish island of Greenland, which so far this month has lost 160,000 million tons on the surface, in minimum historical.
The European meteorological website www.meteoalarm.eu maintained today only with red level warnings due to extreme temperatures in Belgium and Croatia and by storms in the German region of Kreis Euskirchen, in the west of the country.
The heat wave has left unusual records in some European cities, such as yesterday in Paris, where 42.6 degrees Celsius was reached, a temperature never reached, for example, in Madrid, where the maximum, 40.7 degrees, was recorded in the previous heat wave of June.
The hot dog that arrived at the beginning of the week in France and activated the red alert in 20 departments also aggravated the problems of ozone pollution in the metropolitan area of the capital, where from Tuesday the circulation of the most polluting vehicles is prohibited, but away from most of the territory, except from the northeast and east.
Belgium also exceeded on Thursday – for the third time in two days – its maximum historical temperature, by marking 41.8 degrees, a record that pulverized the mark reached only a few hours earlier, 40.6, according to data from the Royal Meteorological Institute, which provides that temperatures drop over the weekend up to ten degrees.
The Belgian national train company, SNCB, had to suspend the service of 27 railroads that lacked air conditioning as a preventive measure and the authorities insisted on their recommendations, especially hydration in children and the elderly.
Italy today lived its highest peak of heat, with fourteen cities in the north and center of the country with temperatures close to 40 degrees, such as Turin, Milan, Brescia, Genoa, Florence, Perugia, Bolzano, Bologna or the capital, Rome, where there was a suffocating day.
However, the situation is expected to change in the coming hours with the entry of a cold front from the Atlantic that will give relief and lower mercury on the peninsula, but that will leave frequent storms and rains.
In Germany, temperatures remained unusually high at points in the "Land" of North Rhine-Westphalia, where it was expected to reach 40 degrees, according to the German Meteorological Service (DWD), but will gradually yield in the rest of the country to Starting this afternoon.
The arrival this Friday of a disturbance from the Atlantic will lower temperatures gradually throughout Europe over the weekend, although the meteorological services have warned of heavy rains and strong electrical equipment.
In France, storms will travel from the southwest and north of the country to the east, with abundant rainfall and strong gusts of wind, according to Météo-France, and in Germany, the fronts will arrive late today and will extend along Saturday and Sunday in the west, south and east of the country, according to DWD forecasts.
The disturbance will arrive in Italy on Saturday and will especially affect the northern regions and the Alps, although it will progressively extend to regions of the center of the country, such as Tuscany or Lazio, according to Civil Protection sources.
In the United Kingdom, storms have already caused delays and cancellations at Heathrow Airport, the busiest in Europe, which add to the effects caused by heat on trains, which had to reduce their speed yesterday in fear of fear of deformations in the tracks.
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