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World Meteorological Organization: Climate change behind rising temperatures

Climate change is behind the unprecedented long-running series of heat waves recorded in the United States, Canada and elsewhere, the World Meteorological Organization said through its spokeswoman Claire Nullis.


WHO spokeswoman Claire Nullis indicated - at a press conference today, Friday in Geneva - that weather patterns in the entire northern hemisphere have shown unusual undulating planetary patterns this summer, which led to unprecedented high temperatures, drought, cold and humidity in different places.


Nullis pointed out that heavy rains have caused devastating floods that have caused dozens of casualties in western Europe, while parts of Scandinavia are suffering from a permanent heat wave, and unprecedented heat in western North America has also caused devastating forest fires, and the spokeswoman noted that some Parts of Western Europe received up to two months of rain in just two days (July 14 and 15) on soils that were already close to saturation, which had a significant impact in the hardest-hit regions of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany.


Nullis explained that Germany and Belgium were the countries most affected by the floods in Europe in terms of casualties, with authorities reporting dozens of deaths and many more missing, while Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and parts of northeastern France were also severely affected. Deadly floods, northern Europe suffered from an extended heat wave, as Finland recorded the warmest month of June ever, and the heat extended until this July, as one of the cities in southern Finland recorded 27 consecutive days with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius. A heat wave has occurred in Finland since at least 1961.


According to the experts, the World Organization said that climate change is already increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, as it has been proven that many individual events have been exacerbated by global warming. The organization indicated that the record-breaking heat wave in parts of the United States and Canada at the end of June would have been Virtually impossible without the impact of human-caused climate change, according to an analysis by an international team of leading climate scientists, climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions has increased the probability of a heat wave at least 150 times.