Nordic countries sizzle as European heatwave moves north

Europe's heatwave has moved north, even sizzling Sweden's far north
Europe's heatwave has moved north, even sizzling Sweden's far north

Nordic countries are experiencing searing temperatures as Europe's record-breaking heatwave moves north, with Norway on Saturday equalling its 1970 record, and many areas recording "tropical nights".

Laksfors in northern Norway on Saturday recorded a temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius (96 degrees Fahrenheit), equalling the national record set in Nesbyen in 1970, the country's meteorology service said on Twitter, adding however that the Meteorological Institute needed to "double check" that the measuring station was operating properly.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute also said it had recorded "tropical nights" in 20 different locations in southern Norway, meaning that temperatures stayed above 20 degrees throughout the night.

The tropical was also felt around other parts of the Nordics and in neighbouring Sweden, with most in the country's far north.

On Friday the small town of Markusvinsa in the far north recorded a temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius.

"That's the hottest temperature in the far north since 1945 and the third highest temperature on record," Jon Jorpeland, meteorologist at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), told AFP.

Earlier in the week several places in Sweden also experienced "tropical nights".

According to Jorpeland, temperatures in the south of Sweden haven't been as extreme and it's not unusual that the mercury reaches 30 degrees a few days a year in the country, even though current temperatures are above average.

SMHI has also issued warnings of potential water shortages in August in 15 of the country's 21 counties.

Heat warnings have been issued in Sweden, Norway and Finland and earlier this week Finnish police even warned motorists to be mindful of moose, who were increasingly crossing roads in search of water to quench their thirst.

The World Meteorological Organization on Thursday said forecasts indicated that atmospheric flows would transport the heat from Europe to Greenland "resulting in high temperatures and consequently enhanced melting".

Current predictions indicate the resulting melting of ice could approach the record losses recorded in 2012, the organisation said, citing scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute.


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Jul 28, 2019
Cluster grapes, used to make wine, need 100 or more days of 27 C or higher, temperature and sunshine to ripen correctly. Such things used to ripen in Scandinavia. But it has been too cold at least since 1350.

Jul 28, 2019
Oh no!
The humanity.
Look at those poor people suffering out in the sunshine.
While the AGW Cult's Chicken Shites hide in their cesspool of ignorance.
Sorry. How inconsiderate of me. We all know what sunshine does to Chicken Turds.

Jul 29, 2019
Cluster grapes, used to make wine, need 100 or more days of 27 C or higher, temperature and sunshine to ripen correctly. Such things used to ripen in Scandinavia. But it has been too cold at least since 1350.

You have absolutely no proof whatsoever for Scandinavian (or Scottish) vineyards, and reality proves you wrong regarding temperatures required to ripen grapes for wine.
https://en.climat...te-graph
You have been told this before so this is no longer a mistake, it's a lie.
Why do you feel it necessary to lie?

Jul 29, 2019
Antiscience gorilla likes being put in the spotlight of being the biggest buffoon in the Guiness world record book, hey... some goons have a strange fetish for what they see as an accomplishment lol.. Most hilarious.

Jul 29, 2019
No true scientist can deny the human-induced changes to the global climate system.

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