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“Zoe” becomes the world’s first heat wave

CLIMATEWIRE The world’s first heat wave struck Seville, Spain this week, pushing temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit and gaining the toughest hierarchy in the city’s new heat wave ranking system.

The heat wave “Zoe” has brought scorching temperatures over the last few days to the southern part of the country, especially in the Andalusian region of Seville. Even in the evening, Spanish meteorological services recorded temperatures hovering in the mid-1980s in some areas. This is extra stress on the human body that relies on cool nights to recover from the high heat of the day.

Zoe, like the hurricane, was the first named heat wave to hit Seville since it officially launched a new pilot program for heat wave naming and ranking last month ()Climatewire, June 22nd). Only the toughest heat waves are named, and this year they are named in reverse alphabetical order. Zoe is followed by Yago, Xenia, Wenseslao and Vega.

The worst heat is expected to begin to diminish from today. But while it lasted, it poses a significant risk to human health. Prometeo SevillaSeville’s new heat wave ranking system.

The program is a collaboration between the Adrian Arstrockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arstrock) in the City of Seville and the Atlantic Council and other partners such as the Spanish Climate Change Authority and several Spanish universities and research institutes. Taking a three-tiered approach to classify heat waves in Seville, Category 1 is the lowest rank and Category 3 is the highest rank.

The system has specific criteria for each category, such as daytime temperature, as well as nighttime minimum temperature, humidity, and the expected impact of heat on human health. Each layer triggers a range of emergency response services, including issuing weather alerts, opening cooling centers, and dispatching community health teams to check vulnerable populations.

Spain has already tackled extreme temperatures for most of the summer. High fever broke local records nationwide last month, with the first two weeks of June being the hottest in the country, according to Spanish weather services.

Throughout the continent, this year was Europe’s second hottest June, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

The heat wave returned earlier this month. Cities across Spain broke monthly temperature records and wildfires broke out in the landscape.

Record temperatures have also roasted other parts of Western Europe. There, heat waves are intensifying four times faster than elsewhere in mid-latitude (Climatewire, July 18th). Britain’s temperature soared above 104 degrees Celsius, breaking the UK’s highest temperature record many times a day (ClimatewireJuly 20th).

Climate change has made heat waves more frequent, more intense and longer lasting around the world, increasing the risk to human health. Seville’s new naming and ranking system aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of extreme heat.

This is currently the only system with a naming component. However, other cities are following suit with similar ranking programs. Athens, Greece, recently announced a new system for classifying heat waves, but several cities across the United States have launched their own similar pilot programs, including Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, and Kansas City, Missouri. I am.

Reprinted from E & E News With permission from POLITICO and LLC. Copyright 2022. E & E News provides essential news for energy and environmental professionals.

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