It was reported that thousands of people lost their lives last month due to the extreme temperatures in which thermometers saw 45 degrees in some countries in Europe.
According to the news published on the Politico Europe site, air temperatures throughout the European continent increased significantly last month, peaking in mid-July, especially on July 18-20.
In England and Germany, temperatures measured 40 degrees in July, while drought, forest fires and air pollution increased throughout Europe in the same period.
“Why climate change”
While data in most European countries point to an increase in the number of people who lost their lives in mid-July, experts argue that this is due to temperature.
According to the first determinations in the week in question, 3 thousand more deaths were recorded in Germany than seen in the last 5 years, excluding those caused by Covid-19. In England, 1,180 people died in the same period.
In Spain and Portugal, where thermometers showed 45 degrees, deaths in mid-July reached the highest level compared to previous years.
In mid-July, 2,700 deaths were recorded, which was the lowest in Spain in the last 5 years, and 559 more deaths were recorded in the Netherlands, which was hit by extreme heat, in the same period compared to previous years.
It is noted that extreme heat and thirst are risk factors for people with respiratory ailments, heart patients, as well as people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
On the other hand, experts point out that the extreme heat wave is the result of climate change.