Portugal’s Met Office has retracted its prediction that temperatures in the country could reach 50ºC — the hottest ever recorded on mainland Europe — this week, drastically revising the forecast down by 10 degrees.
Deaths caused by severe heatwaves will increase dramatically in tropical and subtropical regions, followed closely by Australia, Europe and the United States. From 2031 onwards there could be a 471% increase in fatalities in three Australian cities - Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Head of Climate Modelling Laboratory, Department of Sustainability, Gianmaria Sannino says, “A weakening of the jet stream is keeping large portions of hot air, basically anticyclones, stable in the same areas: Japan, Canada, California and of course Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the UK”
What’s in the air? New apps using Copernicus data to inform increasing population with respiratory diseases
With currently over 100 million people suffering from allergic rhinitis and 70 million from asthma in Europe, it is crucial to warn respiratory disease sufferers in time to enable them to take measures such as preventive medication and evasive actions.