What is happening in the northern hemisphere of the planet is truly incredible: a very powerful heat wave, indeed, different powerful heat waves, are suffocating and bringing many countries to their knees, such as the South of the USA, China, Central and Southern Europe.
Last month was already the warmest June on record, according to NASA and the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Extreme heatwaves have been launched across the US for more than 100 million Americans with the National Weather Service predicting particularly dangerous conditions in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.
China is experiencing particularly high temperatures and a Chinese power company said its single-day power generation hit a record high on Monday.
In Italy a heat wave is expected so intense that it should shatter all historical records.
Several European nations, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland are experiencing scorching temperatures. The thermometer could reach as high as 48 degrees Celsius in Sicily and Sardinia, Italy. European Space Agency on its website, said that potentially could become the warmest temperatures ever recorded in Europe.
Anticyclone Cerberus, from the Sahara desert, is expanding northwards and is expected to last for over a week, bringing stable weather, lots of sunshine and an unprecedented heat wave. Its effect is added to that of the climatic phenomenon known as El Nino, which has returned to manifest itself a few weeks after seven years.
We recall El Niño is a periodic climatic phenomenon that causes a strong warming of the waters of the Central-Southern and Eastern Pacific Ocean in the months of December and January on average every five years, with a statistically variable period between three and seven years.
The phenomenon causes flooding in the areas directly affected, but also drought in the areas further away from it and other perturbations which vary with each of its manifestations. Developing countries that are heavily dependent on agriculture and fisheries, particularly those bordering the Pacific Ocean, are most affected, although it is thought to have effects on a global scale as well through changes in atmospheric circulation throughout the planet.