Dangerous heat is predicted for holiday destinations that Finns love – “I’ve never seen it before”

For example, the risk of forest fires increases and their onset may occur earlier.

– It is clear that temperatures approaching forty and fifty degrees are already very difficult for healthy people. Especially for the elderly, the chronically ill and children, the climatologist comments Hannele Korhonen Europe is predicted to be hotter.

According to Foreca’s Saturday weather blog, parts of Europe are promising extremely and dangerously hot temperatures this week. Temperatures above 40 degrees can be measured in the eastern parts of the Mediterranean and along the Black Sea coast. Warmth is guaranteed in the interior of Greece and Turkey.

In the more extreme forecast models, there are signs of temperatures up to 46-47 degrees. Europe’s all-time heat record is 48.8 degrees, meaning June readings are already close to the record.

– I have never seen in my life that the European forecast model pushes the readings above 45 degrees for the Mediterranean already in the first half of summer, meteorologist Marcus Mylligankas Forca’s Weather Blog writes.

Temperatures in Greece this week are 3-6 degrees above average for the week, and Turkey is 6-10 degrees above average, according to the climate service.

Serious consequences are possible

Korhonen says that in addition to the health risks, temperatures like the promised warmer temperatures will make it harder for people to work and live their daily lives to a large extent.

Not only people but domestic animals, cattle and farm animals also suffer from heat. In addition, intense heat evaporates water from the soil and there is usually not much rain during hot seasons, and crops can suffer if their irrigation is neglected. Thus, it may have implications for the production of certain foods.

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– The Mediterranean region is known as an area where climate change will significantly increase the risk of drought. Drought is already a big problem, says Korhonen, and will become even more so in the future.

– It is clear that climate change will increase average temperatures and heat waves will become more frequent, hotter and longer. This is clearly noticeable and getting worse all the time.

– Some previous heat waves would have been impossible without climate change.

Worth the trip?

The impact of heat has already been seen in previous summers. In the summer of 2023, the largest forest fire in the European Union’s recorded history swept through northeastern Greece. 28 people died in the fire.

As rainless and hot seasons last longer, wildfire risks increase. The sooner warm weather arrives, the sooner wildfires start.

– Forest fires destroy the environment and pose a serious threat to humans and animals, but they also worsen air quality and thereby pose health risks.

If you’re planning a trip to dangerously hot regions this summer, should you reconsider?

– Well, everyone should take that into account in their plans and understand that the forms that existed in those places, for example, 20 years ago, are not necessarily the same everywhere.

– If you are aware of the risks, you can make a decision based on your own judgment.

Forest fires threaten small villages near Split, Croatia. Photo: Reader photo. Reader photo

In Hungary, the campsite’s swimming pools were heavily used during the heat wave, according to Finn, who is on holiday in the area. Reader’s photo

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