Summer is approaching – this is the time of year when temperatures are always highest. But the summer of 2022 could be particularly dangerous.
The reason for this is the gigantic drought that prevails in Austria and the countries located there. Therefore, meteorologists emphasize that any heat wave and dry day could be very dangerous. The latest forecasts published on Wednesday by the American weather service AccuWeather show that many countries in the Old Continent will not only have to reckon with very high temperatures in the coming weeks, but also with devastating storms.
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Heat waves lasting up to two weeks
The authors of the forecasts are the service’s senior meteorologists, Alan Reppert and Tyler Roys. They agree that the period from June to August WILL be characterized by higher than usual temperatures in most parts of Europe. The forecasts for Portugal, southern France and Italy are particularly dramatic, where heat waves of up to two weeks are predicted. Although the meteorologists are assuming temporary fronts with thunderstorms, precipitation and falling temperatures, these will only bring a temporary cooling.
Horror storms feared in the Balkans
In south-eastern Europe, too, the entire summer promises to be hot. In Athens, temperatures can reach and exceed 32 degrees Celsius for up to two months, while in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, they can stay that way for a month. However, there is a chance that people in the Balkans can avoid a drought as severe as last year. This is due to the thunderstorms that occur there mainly in the second half of summer and could at least partially alleviate the drought. the phenomena can be so severe that they cause damage to crops, among other things.
Storms also in Austria
The summer weather will also take its toll in the rest of Europe. AccuWeather meteorologists warn of severe storms from France to Austria. However, it is expected that they will not be as numerous as in recent years and, like in southern Europe, they will only partially alleviate, but probably not eliminate, the rampant drought. In addition to the dry weather, which is occasionally interrupted by thunderstorms, high temperatures are also expected. The strongest heat waves in the region are forecast for July in particular.