The record-breaking heatwave that gripped much of continental Europe, the Nordic countries and the British Isles in July, with temperatures in some cities from Spain to Germany hitting between 38C and 45C in the hottest areas, could make a comeback in August according to the latest weather forecasts.
The Weather Company said in a report on Monday August 5th that mainland Europe could experience above-normal temperatures and dry conditions in August while eastern Europe, Scandinavia and western Russia should have cooler conditions. The Weather Company, owned by IBM, provides weather forecasts aimed at the commodities and energy sectors.
Long-range weather forecasts predict August temperatures are expected to be higher than normal, rivalling those of 2018, which according to the European Environment Agency was one of the three warmest years on record on the continent.
According to The Guardian newspaper, scientists have said last year’s heatwave, which led to increased mortality rates, a dramatic decline in crop yields, the shutdown of nuclear power plants and wildfires inside the Arctic Circle, was linked to the climate emergency and that extreme climate events are likely to be regular occurrences in coming decades.