Record-breaking heatwave hits Europe
In the summer of 2019, a record-breaking heatwave swept through Europe, breaking temperature records and causing widespread concern about climate change. Temperatures soared to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in many parts of the continent, leading to power outages, transportation disruptions, and a surge in hospital admissions.
In France, the heatwave was particularly severe, with the country experiencing its highest temperature on record, 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), in the southern town of Verargues. The heatwave also led to the closure of the Eiffel Tower and many other tourist attractions in Paris, as well as the cancellation of several outdoor events.
Other countries affected by the heatwave included Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The high temperatures caused problems for farmers, with crops wilting and livestock struggling to cope with the extreme heat. The heatwave also raised concerns about the safety of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with health problems.
The heatwave was attributed to a combination of factors, including climate change and the arrival of a high-pressure system from Africa. It served as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address the causes and consequences of global warming, and sparked renewed calls for action from governments and the public alike.