Flash floods, forest fires, heatstroke, and much more has been observed all throughout Europe in the last few weeks. Temperatures exceeded 30 degrees celsius in the United Kingdom last Saturday on the 29th June. We are not alone in this smoldering heat - France has recorded temperatures peaking at 45.9c - the hottest ever recorded in France.
Heatwaves occur in Europe when atmospheric pressure pushes hot air from Africa into the continent. There are not many clouds to be seen in the sky too, further increasing the heat from the hot July sun we experience in the UK.
What can be done?
Experts say that heatwaves are being amplified by an increase in global temperature - something we are playing a bit part in by not reducing global warming. We need to reduce our production of greenhouse gases and switch to more renewable sources of energy - and fast. The rapid change of climate we have observed since the dawn of the industrial era is only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
What can I do?
In terms of what you can do - at the moment the best course of action is to just keep cool! We advise everyone to carry water with them and ensure optimal hydration - heatstroke is a very real threat and can creep up on you very quickly - many people have already lost their lives to it in this heatwave.
Thunder has been rampaging throughout the UK too amidst the recent extreme weather - and thusly we also believe it is sensible to have a plan in place for power cuts. Ensure you have surge protectors in place and a business continuity plan to ensure data recoverability and continuation of trade in the event of a power cut.
The 20 warmest years on record have all been in the past 22 years.
The World Meteorological Organisation has confirmed this fact. As our use of fossil fuels and production of greenhouse gases rises, so does the temperature of the planet. And it will keep rising and rising, more and more deaths will occur, unless we stop and think about what we are doing to the planet.
Don’t wear too many layers - wear something thin. Also think about wearing lighter coloured clothes - since darker shades absorb more heat.
Drink water. Keep a bottle on you at all times.
Use fans! When cool air touches sweat on your skin, it cools you down significantly, and in general makes you feel a lot better. If you don’t have one on hand and you really need to cool down, fanning yourself with paper might be a good option.
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