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Hottest summer ever? Experts reveal what could be in store for Europe in the next few months

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🗞️ Driving the news: Europe is anticipating an unusually hot summer, with Germany and the Nordics set to experience high temperatures next week
• Concerns are rising over potential heatwaves during the Paris Olympic Games. Eleven consecutive months of record-breaking heat and soaring sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic suggest this summer could be Europe's hottest on record

🔭 The context: Weather forecasting remains complex due to Europe's changeable climate and numerous influencing factors
• Meteorologist Tamsin Green highlights that while long-term predictions are challenging, current models indicate above-average temperatures for June, July, and August
• Southern and Eastern Europe are expected to be hotspots, while Western Europe might see average rainfall in June and drier conditions in August

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Europe is warming at twice the global average, driven by climate change
• Recent data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and EU climate agency Copernicus show significant warming, with Europe experiencing 23 of its 30 most severe heatwaves since 2000
• This underscores the urgent need for emissions reductions and a shift away from fossil fuels

⏭️ What's next: As El Niño transitions influence global weather, Europe might see remnants of tropical storms affecting its climate
• The Atlantic hurricane season, running from June to November, could impact European weather patterns
• With the likelihood of another record-breaking year, continued preparation for extreme weather conditions is crucial

💬 One quote: “One thing that is a massive, undeniable factor that cannot be ignored is that we are constantly breaking heat records.” — Tamsin Green, Meteorologist, Weather & Radar

📈 One stat: Europe has warmed 2.3°C above pre-industrial levels compared to the global increase of 1.3°C

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