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HEAT WAVE

‘This isn’t normal’: Germany braces for fourth heatwave of summer

Temperatures could exceed 38C in some parts of the Bundesrepublik this week during a record fourth summer heat wave.

'This isn't normal': Germany braces for fourth heatwave of summer
Children playing in the water in Munich's English Garden on Saturday.

On Thursday temperatures around Germany will spike to up 38C – reigning in the fourth heat wave of the summer. 

Due to climate change, says Latif, there is double the amount of Hitzewellen in Germany as in 1980. 

“That is not normal anymore,” said Mojib Latif, a climate researcher at the Helmholz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, told the Augsburger Allgemeine. “It’s everything other than normal.”

A warm week ahead

In light of the rising temperatures, German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a “Warning Level II”, given whenever there is an extreme “heat stress load.”

Yet there will be large differences in temperatures within Germany. For the north and northeast, meteorologists are predicting temperatures will rise up to 26C, whereas they will likely rise to 33C in the rest of the country.

Tuesday will become even warmer, according to DWD, with the Mercury spiking to 36C in the southwest and 30C in the northeast, with only the coasts staying cool. At night, temperatures likely won’t fall below 20C in some places. 

DWD maps out the temperatures around Germany in the coming week.

There will be a similar picture on Wednesday, with a lot of sun and temperatures stretching between 30 and 36C in most of the country. In the west and southwest temperatures could go up to 38C. It will only remain cooler at the coats, where temperatures could rise up to 38C.

Thursday is likely to be the hottest day of the week, say meteorologists, with temperatures around the country rising to between 33 and 38C around the country, and potentially even hotter in some places. 

Staying cool amid the heat

In light of the heat wave, which according to current forecasts could last at least until the weekend following this one, it's important to drink a lot of water during the day and keep surroundings at a lower temperature.

SEE ALSO: Red Cross tells Germans to leave their fans on and windows open

“Keep your home cool, because a restful night's sleep helps to cope better with the heat of the day,” DWD recommends.

Even the three heat waves of the summer were an “unusually high number and some of them long lasting,” according to DWD. Altogether, this year saw the warmest and sunniest June since the beginning of area-wide measurements.

SEE ALSO: Germany records its hottest June temperature

The German heat record was set on August 5th, 2015, and most likely won’t be broken this week, said Latif. “But we’ll be coming very close to it.”

What explains the heat?

The Arctic and sub-Arctic are warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to climate expert Latif

There are three reasons: First, the so-called climatic heat transport to the North Sea has become stronger. As a result, there is less ice that the sun can reflect, which also increases temperatures. “In addition, the amount of water vapour in the Arctic has increased,” said Latif.

The burden on the climate is also a consequence of the constantly growing number of people, he added. The world population has almost doubled in the last 50 years to 7.7 billion.

 

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ENVIRONMENT

English-speaking churches in France launch climate campaign

English-speaking churches in France and across Europe have launched a massive environmental campaign ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next month.  

A chimney belches out smoke as a haze of pollution hangs over the city of Lyon in southeast France
Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP

The European Interfaith Climate Campaign is intended to promote ‘rapid, transformative change to avert climate catastrophe’. 

The American Church in Paris, Quakers of France, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris, the American International Church in London, and 0.6 Planet have teamed up to ‘work together to shed light on the systemic and structural issues blocking a sustainable future and climate justice for all people’, the group said in a statement.

Events taking place at the American Church in Paris include:

  • Climate Sunday-themed services on October 31st at 11am and 2pm
  • Children attending the church are creating “prayer boats” to go to COP26.
  • The founder of 0.6 Planet, Monica Bassett, will headline at a Zoom event on November 2nd between 7.30pm and 9pm to discuss her new life in a French ecovillage in the Dordogne, where she has drastically cut her consumption and carbon footprint.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris has a full programme as well:

  • Six Eco-Weeks Challenges and online conversations on Thursday evenings: from October 4th to November 12th.
  • Climate Sunday Service: in-person & live-streamed on October 17th, at 10:30am: “A Call for Change” (intergenerational focus)
  • Virtual Watch Party on Sunday, October 24th, at 11 am: “The Wisdom to Survive” documentary, followed by a on discussion: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wisdomtosurvive
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