The WHO warned that the heat wave caused “more than 1,700 unnecessary deaths” in Spain and Portugal

From Portugal to Greece, fires spread on Thursday across southern Europe while a suffocating wave of heat azotaba the Iberian Peninsula.
From Portugal to Greece, fires spread on Thursday across southern Europe while a suffocating wave of heat azotaba the Iberian Peninsula.

The European Office of the World Health Organization dijo este viernes que la ola de calor en Europa was responsible for 1,700 deaths alone in the Iberian Peninsula and called for joint action to combat climate change.

“El calor mata In the last decades, hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of extreme heat during prolonged heat waves, and often with simultaneous forest fires”the regional director of the WHO for Europe said in a statement, Hans Kluge.

“Este año, ya hemos sido testigos de más de 1,700 unnecessary deaths in the current heat wave in Spain and Portugal”, aggregated

El director regional destacó que la exposición al calor extremo “a menudo exacerba las condiciones de salud preexistentes” and pointed out that “the persons in any extreme of the spectrum of life –bebés, niños y personas mayores- están en riesgo.

En respuesta a una pregunta de la prensa, la WHO Europe explained that the figure was a preliminary estimate based on reports from the national authoritiesand that the figure “had increased and will continue to increase in the next few days”.

He also added that he the actual number of deaths associated with the wave of heat will not be known during the semanas.

“Los acontecimientos de esta semana apuntan une vez más a la the desperate need for a pan-European action to effectively address climate change”, Kluge stood out.

El jefe regional del organismo de salud de la UNO destacó que los governments need to demonstrate voluntand y leadership in the implementation of the Agreement of Pariswhich established the objective of limiting warming by the end of the century to two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels (and preferably no more than 1.5 degrees).

On Tuesday, high temperatures broke historical records in the United Kingdom, which exceeded 40°C for the first time in the framework of the nitrogen heat wave in Western Europe and provoked forest fires that ravaged the Iberian Peninsula.
On Tuesday, high temperatures broke historical records in the United Kingdom, which exceeded 40°C for the first time in the framework of the nitrogen heat wave in Western Europe and provoked forest fires that ravaged the Iberian Peninsula.

Hope the temperature drops next week

However, the high pressures that this week have produced Record temperatures in countries like the United Kingdom and France are weakening y desplazándose hacia el east, por lo que se espera un decrease in thermometers during the next week, according to the Organization Meteorológica Mundial (WMO).

“We hope that the temperatures will continue.” over 30 degrees in France, Spain, Italy, the south of Germany, Greece and the north of the Balkans”, indicated Brigitte Perrin in the rueda de prensa in Ginebra.

La fuente oficial manifested the preoccupation por hechos como que, por ejemplo, en The United Kingdom has reached a record temperature of 40.3 degrees this week, and it is particularly worrying that this mark is 1.3 degrees higher than the previous onemeasured in Cambridge in 2019.

“Los temperature records are rare and only a dozen or so times are seen when they arrive que los anteriores”, indicated Perrin.

Residents of the Ter Biest asylum dip their feet in a pool to refresh themselves, in the city of Grimbergen, Belgium (REUTERS/Yves Herman)
Residents of the Ter Biest asylum dip their feet in a pool to refresh themselves, in the city of Grimbergen, Belgium (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

The spokeswoman stressed that Italy is expecting strong temperatures this weekend that could reach them 48 degrees in some areas, y destacó que los incendios ligados a la ola de calor han destruido thousands de hectares de bosque en países como Francia o España.

También remembered that en In France, the fires have also assumed a notable worsening of air quality, due to an increase in harmful particles in the atmosphere.

With information from AFP and EFE

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