Map shows future heat risks for cities

2012-09-04 20:23

Paris - The European Environment Agency (EEA) on Tuesday unveiled an interactive map indicating the heatwave risk for European cities six decades from now on the basis of likely global warming trends.

Southern Spain, parts of southern France, Italy, Greece, Serbia and western Turkey are most exposed.

These regions are likely to notch up more than 50 days in the year when day temperatures will be greater than 35°C and night-time temperatures will not dip below 20°C.

The northern rim of continental Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia and the southern Baltic will have the least heatwave risk, according to the model, which looks at the years 2071 to 2100.

The map  looks at 500 cities, factoring in the risk of "urban heat island" - heat that is stored in roads and concrete structures - and green areas that provide relief during heatwaves.

  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-04 21:25

    Claim first. Anyway, this is not good news. What is our future coming to? This is just another sign that we must focus on our planet. It is our ONLY home. If was destroyed, where would we go?

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-04 21:42

    And the same 'experts' cannot predict the weather for tomorrow with any degree of accuracy!

      ernst.j.joubert - 2012-09-04 23:08

      @Robin: Predicting what the oil price is going to be over the long term is much easier than predicting the price over short time intervals. The same fact holds for the weather. What the hell is your point!?

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