Are you too hot this summer? This is what a heat wave could look like in 2050!

This summer’s heat waves are not isolated and could drastically increase in the coming years. According to a Météo France simulation, heat waves will be “1.2 to 1.5°C warmer than the one we have just experienced”, at the dawn of 2050

The heat wave in France is slowing down. Mercury is dropping significantly after hitting highs in recent weeks. However, the situation could drastically worsen in the coming years, according to Météo France. In partnership with Le Parisien, the institution carried out a simulation of a heat wave at the dawn of 2050. According to the worrying map, a heat wave in 30 years will be “1.2 to 1.5°C warmer than what we just experienced, depending on the ‘let it go’ scenario.” Concretely, if nothing is done to slow climate change, temperatures during heat waves could reach 44.1°C in Paris, 40.3°C in Nantes and 40.4°C in Strasbourg. It is in Nice that the heat will be visibly the weakest, with 32.7°C.


More frequent heat waves for 30 years

In 2003, France experienced its most intense heat wave episode since 1947. Since then, the phenomenon has become recurrent and several heat waves have been particularly significant, like those of June and July 2019. “Based on referencing heat waves since 1947, it is clear that the frequency and intensity of these events has increased over the past 30 years” explains Meteo France. If for a long time, the link of cause and effect between global warming and the heat wave was not made, it is now clear that theincrease in greenhouse gases contributes to the phenomenon. Robert Vautard, interviewed by France Info, recalls that “the actions we take today to reduce climate change will have a very clear effect beyond 2050. The challenge is there, it is to achieve either an increase of approximately 2°C at the end of the century, i.e. 4 to 5°C. And there is a huge difference between a 2°C warmer climate and a 4°C warmer climate”. He cites as an example the extreme temperatures in Siberia as well as the episode of heat in the Arctic in July. Temperatures reached 20°C and caused sea ice to melt.

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