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Maciamo
19-07-06, 20:18
DW : Europeans Sweat as Summer 2006 Prepares to Break Records (http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2104109,00.html)

BBC News : Heatwave breaks record for July (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5193486.stm)

This is by far the hottest summer I have ever experienced in Northern Europe (Sevilla might have been hotter before). Of course I wasn't there in 2003, the year the beat all records in many countries (38.5'C in Britain !), but this summer isn't over yet and temperatures are already reached new records in some areas. It was 34'C in Wales, 36'C in Paris and London, 37'C in Belgium today, and 38'C in some parts of Germany - the hottest day of the year so far. The London Underground has recorded 47'C inside some stations, and 52'C inside buses in the City !

What surprises me is that this heatwave accompanied by perfectly blue sky has been lasting for about a month (apart from a few storms), which is highly unusual for Northern Europe. We are experiencing global warming in full swing !

Minty
19-07-06, 23:34
DW : Europeans Sweat as Summer 2006 Prepares to Break Records (http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2104109,00.html)

BBC News : Heatwave breaks record for July (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5193486.stm)

This is by far the hottest summer I have ever experienced in Northern Europe (Sevilla might have been hotter before). Of course I wasn't there in 2003, the year the beat all records in many countries (38.5'C in Britain !), but this summer isn't over yet and temperatures are already reached new records in some areas. It was 34'C in Wales, 36'C in Paris and London, 37'C in Belgium today, and 38'C in some parts of Germany - the hottest day of the year so far. The London Underground has recorded 47'C inside some stations, and 52'C inside buses in the City !

What surprises me is that this heatwave accompanied by perfectly blue sky has been lasting for about a month (apart from a few storms), which is highly unusual for Northern Europe. We are experiencing global warming in full swing !

Do you know how hot it was over here in Strasbourg today? :bikkuri: It was 41.1 degree Celsius outside where I live. :atsui:Luckily inside we had the blinds down before the sun gets really hot and the inside was kept at 26 degrees Celsius.:relief:

It is said on the news that this heat waves will continue for 2 weeks. Oh god...:sick:

Ma Cherie
20-07-06, 02:55
Goodness, parts of Europe are suffering from this heatwave. Here in Kansas City it's 38 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees in Fahrenheit. :atsui: Whenever I go outside I have a bottle of water with me. I think I'll go swimming. :cool:

cursore
20-07-06, 08:58
I sent an e-mail yesterday to a friend of mine and at the end of it I wrote: Hugs from a warm Scotland!

WARM!!! I cannot believe that is getting so close to 30 degrees Celsius!!!!!

When I first came here in 1998 I wore a jacket during the whole summer and in Winter I was freezing! But in the last two years is getting really worm!!!

Maciamo
20-07-06, 09:07
Aparently it is a cyclic phenomenon. Europe's hottest summers were 1946, 1976, (2003) and 2006. That's exactly a 30 years interval... Coincidence or cycle in relation to the position of the Sun, Moon and/or planets ?

Kinsao
20-07-06, 12:54
Now that is interesting, your last post Mac. I'd never noticed that! Although it figures, when you think about it.
I've already posted a rantette somewhere else about the heat! :blush:

Maciamo
31-07-06, 23:49
This article (http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=24&story_id=31940[/url) says that July 2006 has had the highest average temperature ever recorded in Belgium (28.8'C), beating the previous record by over 2 degrees ! That is quite a lot for averages. This July was also the 3rd sunniest ever recorded after 1959 and 1911, with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. In lower latitudes where the sun rises later and sets earlier, like in Japan or most of the USA, it is almost impossible to have such a high average in a non desertic region.

Maciamo
01-08-06, 21:34
I heard on the BBC today that this July was thought to be hottest in 300 years in Britain. It was officially the hottest month since records began in 1914.

Minty
01-08-06, 23:31
My husband and his colleagues have installed two air conditioners and heaters in one in our apartment over the weekend. It was a lot of work, I have been busy cleaning since they finished. Now our apartment is like a fridge.:relief: :happy: :win:

misa.j
02-08-06, 00:05
The heat wave is over here in the US, too. We had high 90 F all day, which is very rare in upstate NY.

Incredible thunderstorm we had between 3 to 5 oclock this morning with constant down pour rain made it muggy and intolerable for a lot of people.

Kinsao
03-08-06, 12:02
It has been a really hot July in England! :atsui:
It has cooled down a lot now; the temperatures here are back to normal. (Except in my office, which seems to have collected all the heat in the country! >_<) I did hear from somewhere that there might be another heatwave in August, but I don't think that's official or anything.
It's now started raining quite a lot, but it's not cooling things down much. It's back to normal summer temperatures but quite muggy because of the cloud and rain.

Those air conditioners sound great! :cool: Normally I don't like to work in a place with aircon because it makes the air very dry for me, and people tend to catch each others' germs - but we really badly wanted it this summer. :(

I love thunderstorms... :happy: (as long as I'm not stranded in the middle of a golf course somewhere, of course!)

Minty
08-08-06, 23:31
It has cooled down since a week now; I wonder whether the heat wave is finished for the year already... not long right after we installed the aircon? :bawling:

Maciamo
01-09-06, 09:17
We are now in September, so we can comment on August. In Belgium, August has been as grey and rainy as July has been hot and sunny. We surely had to make up for the lack of rain. Temperatures were generally abve 30'C in July, but the average was closer to 17'C in August. One month was the hottest summer month ever for many Northern Europeans, and the next was one of the coldest, and felt more like October than August.

Indeed, it has been reported (http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=1&story_id=32704) that August 2006 was the wettest month ever in 100 years in the Netherlands (probably in Belgium as well).

Kinsao
01-09-06, 12:45
It has rained a lot in England too. :(

Maciamo
01-10-06, 20:31
The Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute has released the weather data for September, and the record has been beaten again for the average temperature (18.4&#176;C), almost 4&#176;C above the normal average. The average maximum temperatures (23.4&#176;C) have also beaten the previous record of 1929.

Maciamo
26-10-06, 18:26
Global warming is decidedly going at an increasing pace. I do not recognise the weather here in Belgium since the last time I lived here (about 7 years ago). It usually freezes around Halloween/All Saints, and it is 24'C inside my house in the evening with the windows open and no heating ! Today I was in tshirt outside and I felt hot. Officially it was 22'C in the shade, but it elt much hotter in the sun. Can't complain, but what is it going to be in a few years' time ?

Maciamo
06-11-06, 11:31
October 2006 has nearly beaten all historic records of heat. The Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute, that started recording temperatures in 1833, ranks October 2006 has the 2nd warmest ever, with an average of 14.1'C, after 2001 (14.4'C). The normal average for October in Belgium is only 10.5'C. Maximum averages are also about 4'C above the normal average. The average of absolute minimum temperature is 1.5'C, but in 2006 temperatures haven't fallen under 7.5'C in the coldest part of the country until 29th October, so a whole 6'C above normal. Rainfalls and sunshine were normal though.

Kinsao
06-11-06, 13:09
It's gotten colder here recently, with temperatures falling below freezing at night and I needed to put the heating on finally. But now it's warmer again, certainly unusual for this time of year. And I read on BBC News they predict a warm winter ahead.

Maciamo
25-11-06, 19:33
Belgian TV reported today that this Autumn has been and will remain the mildest in 500 years ! Indeed today it has been up to 19'C in some parts of Belgium, and even 13'C in the evening, when it usually freezes at night at this time of the year.

Annual average temperatures are 3'C above averages, with 13.7'C instead of 10.4'C.

misa.j
25-11-06, 21:32
The warm temeprature we have these days seem almost wrong to me. I can't help thinking about sudden climate change, you know like hurricane that's more severe than any of the ones in the history.

Right now we have a bright sunny day with up to 52F(11C), and that's 10F higher than the average temperature of this town in November. We used to get snow by now.

Minty
04-12-06, 23:07
We have unusually warm temperatures in Europe this autumn. This yearfs summer was also unusually hot too as mentioned before in this thread. It has been the hottest autumn recorded or something, this time last year in the mountains it was already covered with snow. My husband still wears short sleeve shirts to work.:106: :D

Unusually warm weather and lack of snow are a worry to the ski industries. People here are waiting for a cold snap. It looks like the Europeans would need to change their habits or reply on higher altitude resorts.

Maciamo
05-12-06, 22:06
I have just seen in the news that they are still growing strawberries, as well as late-summer vegetables like aubergines and paprikas in the south of France at the moment. There will be fresh French strawberries for Xmas ! Unbelievable when one knows that strawberries normally grow in May in France.

Euronews also mentioned that parts of Switzerland which normally have over 1m of snow at this season are still all green. They fear that the international federation of ski moves to North America because of climate change.

Today in Brussels it was 15'C, that is 10 to 20'C above the seasonal average.

Kinsao
07-12-06, 15:40
Yup, it's unseasonably warm in the UK as well. :worried:
Not that I was thinking so while I was walking to work this morning in the really, really cold and pouring rain this morning - but usually at this time of year there is frost on the ground and it's much much colder than it is right now, even though I complain. :souka: Normally it's misty too, and we haven't had much mist this winter yet. We also had very high winds these last couple of nights.

Maciamo
18-12-06, 20:31
Christmas is nearing and there is still no snow in Moscow. Temperatures at this time of the year should be around -10'C or -15'C, but are only around 0'C now. Moscovites have never experienced such a warm year end.

Kinsao
22-12-06, 11:28
It's started to get colder in England now. :shiver: Finally frosts... and a lot of fog. :souka: Many flights (including all domestic flights) grounded, and therefore chaos at the airports and on trains. :okashii:

Maciamo
22-12-06, 11:41
Interesting, we have also had a lot of fog here in the last few days.

However I heard that people still cannot ski in the Alps because the snow hasn't come yet. It's unusual for the year-end holidays.

Maciamo
05-01-07, 20:15
Cherry trees are blossoming in New York, where the temperatures are a full 8'C above the seasonal averages.

5 to 10 years ago, I considered global warming as a very important issue to tackle. Now, I think that it can be beneficial to countries in northern latitudes. Russia and Northern Europe have especially a lot to gain from it, as long as oceans don't rise (even then high dykes should be enough to prevent floods in the few hard-hit areas like the Netherlands and Flanders).

Maciamo
10-01-07, 10:11
Little update. Trees have been blossoming in some parts of Belgium as well, due to the unprecedently mild temperatures for January, reaching 15'C yesterday (warmer than on some normal summer days !)

I also watched a documentary on ARTE that explained how quickly the ice is melting down in Northern Canada. A new shorter route between Europe and East Asia should come into existence as early as next summer, along the previously impassable Northwest Passage. Scientists were once again baffled by just how fast the Arctic ice is disappearing.

Kinsao
11-01-07, 15:09
I had thought that maybe here we'd have a very cold jan and feb to contrast with the warm nov and dec... but it's not happening... and they say very strong winds comin over the uk pretty soon (and have already started, i feel it today! o_O)

Maciamo
13-01-07, 19:55
It was reported in the news today that Belgian people had so far been consuming 15 to 20% less in heating this winter than usual. Temperatures in January have been osciliating between 10 and 15'C, beating again all records. I have noticed that all the cherry trees in front of Brussels Central Train Station are in full blossom - the normal blossoming season here is early May ! Spring is 4 months early. That's global warming like we have never experienced it before.

Maciamo
30-01-07, 19:42
This month of Januray was again the warmest in recorded history in Belgium, with a average of 7.1'C, no less than 6 degrees above last year's average. Several varieties of trees have been blossoming unseasonally.

Maciamo
02-03-07, 19:55
February has beaten all records again in Belgium. This winter (meteorologically, December to February) has been the warmest in recorded history. The average temperatures are a full degree above the previous 20th-century record (winter 1989-90).

Maciamo
05-04-07, 23:32
Monthly update : March 2007 has not the hottest ever, but not far. Average temperatures have reached 8'C, 2.5'C above average. Maximal averages were at 12.1'C (3.1'C above the normal), the warmest since 1938. Only minimum temperatures were normal. However, the past month has been very unusually sunny, and flowers and blossoms were at least 1 month early.

Duo
08-04-07, 02:54
It's just the start of april but at some point I already feel as if summer is already here....

Kinsao
11-04-07, 17:05
Here, it has been really nice and warm weather these last few days. But I heard that we will get thunderstorms on friday or saturday.......... o_o

Maciamo
30-04-07, 20:44
The seasonal warming continues and intensifies in Belgium. April has beaten all records again, but this time they have been in average 5.2 degrees above the 2nd hottest month of April since 1832 !!! (that means even more compared to a normal month of April)

Indeed, record temperatures have reached 30'C in the shade, and over 35'C in the sun - temperatures rarely experienced even in summer in Belgium. Almost every day max. temperatures have exceeded 20'C. Never has April been nearly so hot.

Not a single drop of rain has fallen the whole month, with blue sky everyday but for a few hours on 2 or 3 occasions. April is normally one of the wettest month in Belgium, which means a lot in a country known for its foul, rainy weather.

VRT News : Warmest, driest and sunniest April ever (http://www.flandersnews.be/cm/flandersnews.be/News/070430_record)


This month of April will enter history books as the warmest, driest and sunniest April since records began in 1833. Three weather records have been broken in one single month.
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One day before the end of the month, average temperatures totalled 14.2 degrees Celsius, compared to 9 degrees in a normal month.

The previous record dated back to 1987, with 11.9 degrees Celsius. The record is really spectacular, as previous marks are usually only beaten by 10ths of degrees.

On average, April sees 158 hours of sunshine, but this time it will be about 100 hours more.