Impacts of UK heatwaves can be seen from space •

Impacts of UK heatwaves can be seen from space


Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveals an image from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission which illustrates the extreme temperatures that struck Britain in August. Summer heatwaves also affected North Africa, Asia, and the United States.

“The image, captured on 12 August 2022, shows the United Kingdom’s previously green land appear brown (particularly in the southeast) amid the scorching conditions. The heatwave comes after months of extreme temperatures and low rainfall left the landscape parched. The dry conditions are also visible in parts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands,” says ESA.

“The severe heatwaves experienced across Europe this summer are a harsh reminder of what is in store for our future.  Extreme weather events will happen more frequently and intensely according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This trend is set to worsen unless the rise in atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities is addressed.”

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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