Map shows dangerously hot temperatures in Europe • Earth.com

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a map derived from the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) model, which shows scorching hot temperatures across Europe.

The early summer heatwave has caused “very dangerous” alerts to be issued in parts of Spain, France, Switzerland, and Croatia.

By mid-week, 51 German weather stations had already recorded temperatures never seen before in June, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

“Many parts of Europe are experiencing the first heatwave of the year as a result of warm air masses from Africa, setting new daytime and overnight temperature records for June. The heat poses a risk to people’s health and the environment,” stated the WMO.

The map represents air temperatures at about 6.5 feet above the ground. The darkest red areas are where the model shows temperatures exceeding 100°F.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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