Sunday 1st of October 2023

too bloody hot…...

Ouf! C’est presque fini!

Or is it?

Meteorologists here in southwest France are predicting we will have some mid-night relief from this unbearable “canicule” (that’s French for way too bloody hot).

The drop in temperature probably won’t last long, however – and, anyway, the news is little comfort for the thousands of evacuees crammed into school halls and worried their homes are about to be razed by bushfires.

More than a dozen heat records fell on Monday in what one meteorologist described as France’s “heat apocalypse”.


by Andrea Hamblin


As I write this from Bordeaux, it’s going on 10pm and still up over 40C. It feels like twice that, inside.

How many of us Australians have thought Europeans and Brits were over-reacting to the forecasts we consider commonplace at home in summer.  Oh you’re worried about taking the Tube? So cute! 

Now I must eat my words.

These places are not designed for this. I am not designed for this.

Beautiful as the architecture is, the stone and concrete radiates the heat.

There’s no escape.

Unlike at home, I can’t find a clean river to swim in or walk to the beach.

And where are all the trees?

There’s not a bubbler in sight, either.

The best free option is the Mirror d’Eau (Water Mirror) – a giant slab of granite filled with water, about two centimetres deep.

It’s the world’s largest reflection pool and proudly tooted as one of the city’s most Instagrammable meeting places.

It will have to do. We dip our feet in as the last of the scorching sun glows through a thick blanket of smoke; a reminder that some 25,000 people are without homes tonight.

In Spain, 1000 people have died of heat-related illness and fires have so far killed at least two.

“Evidently, climate change kills,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

“It kills people, kills our ecosystem, the biodiversity”.

The worst is yet to come for Brits sweltering through the same heatwave.

There, the Met Office is predicting the hottest day on record on Tuesday and crews are preparing for more fires.

On Monday, train services were cut, schools closed and ambulance crews braced for a rise in emergency calls. Luton airport had to shutdown.

Temperatures had risen to 37.5C in Kew Gardens, west London, by mid-afternoon, making it the hottest day of the year.


Wales has provisionally recorded its hottest day on record, with the temperature reaching 35.3C in Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, beating the previous record for the country which has been in place since 1990.

Tuesday is predicted to be even warmer, with temperatures possibly reaching a “crazy” 41C in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The existing British record, of 38.7C, recorded in Cambridge in 2019, looks certain to fall.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “I’ve been a qualified meteorologist for 10 years, and telling people about 41C in the UK doesn’t seem real.

“It’s crazy how we are talking about these sorts of values, I’ve never seen the models coming up with these values.

“It’s been quite an eye-opener to climate change with all these temperatures in the UK.”

Climate change, which has pushed up global temperatures by 1.2C on pre-industrial levels, is making heatwaves longer, more intense and more likely.

Experts have warned of the need to adapt homes, cities and infrastructure for a future of more intense summer heat.

Back home the new State of the Environment report, released on Tuesday, paints a grim picture of how Australians are transforming the land, at a time “unusual” disasters aren’t so unusual.

Time we all take a look in the mirror pool?




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Western Europe faces more sweltering temperatures on Tuesday as a ferocious heatwave heads north. 

In France and the UK extreme heat warnings were issued while northern Spain recorded temperatures of 43C (109F) on Monday.

Wildfires in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The UK is expected to see its hottest day ever and experts say parts of France face a "heat apocalypse".

Several parts of France saw their hottest-ever days with the western city of Nantes recording 42C, the national weather office said.

Wildfires in recent days have forced more than 30,000 people to flee, with emergency shelters set up for evacuees. 


Gironde, a popular tourist region in the south-west, has been hit particularly badly, with firefighters battling to control blazes which have destroyed nearly 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of land since last Tuesday.

"The idea that comes into my head is, it's a monster," Jean-Luc Gleyze, the president of the Gironde region said of the fires.

"It's a monster like an octopus, and it's growing and growing and growing in the front, in the back, on both sides. Because of the temperature, because of the wind, because of the lack of water in the air... it's a monster and it's very difficult to fight against it."







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hottest europe………..

 Copernicus: Summer 2022 Europe’s hottest on record


The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission with funding from the EU, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air temperaturesea ice cover and hydrological variables. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated analyses using billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world. 

August 2022 surface air temperature:

Globally, the average August 2022 temperature was: 

  • 0.3°C higher than the 1991-2020 average for the month, joint third warmest August on record
  • similar to the values for August 2017 and 2021 and within about 0.1°C of the higher values reached in August 2016 and 2019

The average temperature over Europe in 2022 was: 

  • the highest on record for both August and summer (June – August) by substantial margins of 0.8°C over 2018 for August and 0.4°C over 2021 for summer 
  • European temperatures were most above average in the east of the continent in August, but were still well above average in the south-west, where they had been high also in June and July
  • Heatwaves were prevalent in this part of Europe and over central and eastern China for all three summer months. North America also experienced one of its warmest summers  

August 2022 - Hydrological conditions:

  • August 2022 was generally much drier than average in much of western and parts of eastern Europe.
  • Conversely, it was wetter-than average over most of Scandinavia and parts of southern and southeastern Europe. Southern regions were hit by a “derecho” storm, with extreme winds and rainfall.
  • Conditions were also wetter than average in many extratropical regions of North America and Asia: in many locations heavy precipitation triggered floods and inundations. Pakistan saw particularly severe conditions with record breaking rainfall.
  • Among the drier-than-average extratropical regions, parts of China experienced severe drought.

Boreal summer 2022 - Hydrological conditions:

  • The summer 2022 was characterised by hot and dry conditions over much of western Europe. In much of Scandinavia, regions of central and south-eastern Europe, Greece and western Turkey, conditions were predominantly wetter than average.
  • In boreal summer 2022, it was drier than average in central North and South America and across central Asia. The Horn of Africa continued to experience drought. Conditions were predominantly wetter-than-average in south Asia, particularly in Pakistan, in eastern Australia and in most of southern Africa.






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