Will it be the warmest summer ever? The models predict the summer months really in the oven - a trend that worries experts With the weekend we are experiencing today in Europe, we could reach, at least in June, peaks even higher than the 2003 season, the hottest ever recorded since the weather was monitored.
But perhaps the worst will come in July and August. The latest update of the European meteorological center from worrying forecast models. The next weeks of June could be almost tropical over much of Europe due to a vast high pressure field of African origin which is destined to impose itself more and more significantly on the Mediterranean basin.
If this is confirmed, we expect thermal values in marked increase with peaks over 35 ° C, so much so that the 2003 records would risk collapsing. With long-lasting high pressure there is obviously the risk of sudden and strong thunderstorms with even heavy hailstorms.
The latest seasonal maps of the European Center for next July show temperature anomalies up to + 3 ° C compared to the reference climatic averages (1993-2016). The main cause of these anomalies will be precisely the African anticyclone which from the Sahara Desert will send hot air masses with high humidity levels.
Heat waves and rising humidity in the lower strata could provide the fuel necessary for the development of massive storm cells whenever drafts of cooler, more unstable air break through the anticyclone. In August, temperatures could be above average by around + 1 ° C.
An alarming new symptom of climate change underway, which is irreversibly warming the planet.
Pine Island Glacier is collapsing
Pine Island Glacier is collapsing. A very negative scenario is expected for Pine Island, in the Arctic.
Pine Island, the main Antarctic glacier, is thinning at a bewildering rate. The data shows that from 2017 to 2020 the glacier lost large icebergs from the edge, and the recent acceleration could lead to glacier collapse. This is according to the study conducted by scientists from the University of Washington and the British Antarctic Survey, who evaluated satellite images obtained by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission Pine Island Glacier contains approximately 180 trillion tons of ice, which could help raise sea levels by about half a meter on a global scale.
From 2017 to 2020, the platform lost a fifth of its total area. The authors of the study said that the acceleration has not yet reached potentially catastrophic levels, but there is a considerable risk that the situation will worsen in a short time.
Since 2017 the situation has worsened more and more, despite the fact that, according to geologists, the glacier has remained stable for thousands of years. Study authors said: "The Pine Island Ice Shelf is important because it helps retain some of the relatively unstable West Antarctic glacier if all buttresses in the rim were removed, the glacier could flow more rapidly to the ocean and contribute to raise the water level in a really significant way It seems that the glacier is tearing apart with an acceleration of 12%, due to the loss of the edge of the platform.
The processes we had studied in this region seemed to indicate an irreversible event but at a measured rate but now there is the possibility that these events will occur in a much more abrupt way."