“Hotter than the Sahara”: the United Kingdom is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave, the threshold of 40°C can even be reached on Tuesday, and France is experiencing heat records and a blazing sun on Monday.
This heat wave is the second in barely a month in Europe. The multiplication of these phenomena is a direct consequence of global warming according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.
For the first time, the British Health Security Agency has issued a level 4 alert, the highest level, corresponding to a national emergency, warning of the risks that the heat poses even to young people and / or in healthy.
“Hotter than the Sahara”, headlines the tabloid The Sun on Monday.
“Global warming is really here. We must act in the face of this phenomenon … and also learn to live with it,” commented Gary Evans, 68, retired in the seaside resort of Tankerton, in the south of France. east of the country.
“It’s a sign of what’s to come…and of course it’s a huge concern for their future,” mother Ceri Sherlock says, gesturing to her children as she walks through the this seaside resort.
On the other hand, Dave Williams, a 64-year-old plumber, criticizes the fact that we talk about the heat wave “as if we had never known a summer”. “If it’s not Brexit, it’s the climate: we really don’t know how to talk about anything else?” he exclaims.
The hottest temperatures in Britain are expected for Tuesday and could exceed the 40°C threshold, a first in the country. The British record dates back to July 25, 2019, with 38.7 degrees recorded in Cambridge, in the east of England.