As the Saharan system engulfs Europe, extreme temperatures of 48 degrees Celsius is expected to spark a RED alert.
TEMPERATURES in parts of Europe might reach up to 48 degrees Celsius this week, prompting a red alert in some areas as forecasts predict Saharan dust will blow across the continent during the scorching heat.
Forecasters predict that temperatures in certain parts of Spain will exceed 45°C, with temperatures dropping to roughly 25°C overnight. Furthermore, amid the scorching weather, Saharan dust is forecast to drift across the continent, with temperatures in Italy reaching 48°C.
The heatwave is projected to scorch the whole territory of Spain, save for the Cantabrian region and most of Galicia, according to the State Meteorological Agency’s Special Notice of Adverse Phenomena.
The highest temperatures in Spain will be recorded in the Guadalquivir river, as well as the Hoya de Granada and the Guadiana valleys, according to climate researcher Samuel Biener.
He also warned that temperatures will reach dangerously high levels in “regions such as Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, and possibly Madrid,” with temperatures ranging from 40 to 45 degrees Celsius.
“Today, it appears that 46°C and even 47°C can be achieved in portions of the province of Seville, as well as in Cordoba,” Mr Biener explained.
The worst, he said, will be the “suffocating evenings,” adding, “In some sections of the south, in the Canary Islands, in the interior of the peninsula, and on the Mediterranean side, in some locations, nighttime temperatures will not dip below 25 degrees Celsius.”
According to the AEMET warning, temperatures will top 40 degrees Celsius by Thursday, with the warmest days being Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
“It is created by the rise of a very warm air mass from North Africa, which will also be virtually stagnant for a few days, which explains why this episode will last so long,” Mr Biener explained.
“This mass of warm air cannot go since it has low pressure zones on both sides, so it will stay with us for a few days.”
The Saharan dust that will accompany it will have extremely high concentrations, “which could be dangerous to persons with respiratory diseases.”
The expert went on to say that there was a likelihood of “dry storms” and that “we must be aware of the fire risk.”
In other parts of Europe, four Italian cities are anticipated to be placed on red alert today and eight more tomorrow due to the expected high temperatures of. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”