‘Hot as hell': Why a HEAT DOME called Lucifer is causing hellish temperatures and fires across mainland Europe.
Stifling heat is gripping much of Southern Europe, and forecasters say that worse is expected to come as unseasonal floods wreak havoc in other EU countries.
A "heat dome" nicknamed Lucifer is descending on Europe and is set to cause record-breaking temperatures and more wildfires across the south of the continent
An anticyclone named ‘Lucifer’ sweeping across Europe is set to bring further record-breaking temperatures and wildfires.
Countries in the south of the continent have been battling blazes for some weeks now, and it is expected that the hellish conditions will likely spread beyond Turkey, Italy and Greece to Spain, Portugal and France.
The hot, dry weather has been brought about by a weather phenomenon known as an anticyclone, causing a “heat dome”, and originating in this instance from north Africa.
A heat dome forms in an area of high atmospheric pressure, in which air sinks instead of rising, compressing as it descends.
Because of this no clouds form, and instead the hot air is trapped within the ‘dome’ bringing blistering temperatures to the area.
The Met Office say anticyclones are not unusual for this time of year, although the high temperatures brought on by a number of factors are.
Meteorologist Chris Almond said: “With climate change, we are expecting, and are already seeing, more frequent and severe events, and will continue to do so in the future.
‘Lucifer’ has brought what is believed to be the hottest European day on record, with temperatures of 48.8 degrees celsius being noted in Sicily, Italy.
The Met Office has warned even higher temperatures, exceeding 50 degrees celsius, could be expected in the future.
Its lead on climate attribution has studied European heatwaves for nearly two decades, and says its clear climate change has made the current wildfires more extreme.
Professor Peter Stott said: “The chance each summer of seeing really extreme temperatures are pretty high now. We can’t say when it is likely to happen, but Europe will need to prepare for the eventuality of further records being broken with temperatures above 50 degrees celsius being possible in Europe in future.”
The hot, dry conditions seen across southern Europe are expected to move into Iberia in the coming days, with Almond warning temperatures aren’t expected to decrease until next week.
He added: “Adverse human health impacts are likely, particularly to those exposed to the extreme heat for prolonged periods or are part of vulnerable population groups.
“This is combined with poor air quality in some places due to ongoing wildfires and smoke.”
These extreme wether events cause one to ask the question, is this a man-made event to add even more disruption to the already beleaguered people of Europe? Still struggling with enforced lockdowns, face-nappies and Covid-19 passports.
Are the EU, the USA, the Chinese, the Soviets and the Israelites using their multiple HAARP arrays to ‘warm’ the ionosphere and create these HEAT DOMES?