Heatwave Lucifer strikes Europe as scientists warn it could get much worse.
Ten countries in south and central Europe have declared a red alert after a heatwave referred to as ‘Lucifer’ has covered the continent and caused temperatures to skyrocket to around 40 degrees Celsius.
UP TO 150,000 PEOPLE A YEAR COULD DIE
Unfortunately, scientists have warned that this trend could continue in the future and may well last for at least a hundred years.
If something is not done to stop the trend, scientists warn, 152,000 people a year could die from the effects of the extreme heat.
According to the European forecast network Meteoalarm, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia have all be placed on a red alert.
In addition to that, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Macedonia, Slovakia, and Moldova have all been placed on orange alert, and people have been warned that the weather situation has the potential to become much worse.
The recent spate of heatwaves across the continent has caused the deaths of two people, one in Romania and one in Poland, and many others have been sent to hospital suffering from the effects of sunstroke.
The public in Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Croatia have been advised to stay inside to avoid the heat which is expected to stay at intense levels for the rest of the following week.
According to the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, heatwaves, which are the most potentially dangerous of all weather phenomena are bound to increase in frequency and intensity over the coming century.
The scientists warn that by the year 2100, the incidence of heatwaves was likely to increase fifty-fold.
In addition to that, Europe is likely to see an increase in cold waves, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods and windstorms.
It is also believed that the problem will spread and that two thirds of the continent could be facing the problems caused by extreme weather by the end of the twenty first century.
The researchers say that the only way to avoid this potentially catastrophic situation is to take urgent and decisive action to stem the rise of global warming in the western world.