From Italy to Portugal, 2022 brings good weather to some parts of Europe, an “abnormal” phenomenon for the time

From Italy to Portugal, 2022 brings good weather to some parts of Europe, an “abnormal” phenomenon for the time
From Italy to Portugal, 2022 brings good weather to some parts of Europe, an “abnormal” phenomenon for the time

Meteorologists say that temperatures that have been recorded in recent days in some countries on the European continent “are not normal” for the season

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In recent days, some countries in Europe, including Portugal, have recorded high temperatures, well above the average for the time of year. Meteorologists speak of an “abnormal” phenomenon, noting that in some European cities temperatures have reached levels that have not been recorded for centuries.

In Spain, for example, the last few days were marked by record temperatures in some cities, including Bilbao, in the north of the country, where temperatures reached 24.7°C – the highest temperature in the region since 1947. The same happened in central Spain, namely in Segovia, where temperatures reached the highest 22,7°C – the highest temperature recorded since 1920.

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“These temperatures are not normal. These are temperatures we expected to see in April”, said Rúben del Campo, spokesman for the Spanish meteorological agency AEMET, cited by The Guardian.

The official attributed this year-end heat to a mass of hot air over Spain, accompanied by a high-pressure anticyclone, a phenomenon that, in his words, is “normal”. “What is unusual is these high temperatures at this time of year,” he added.

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The high-pressure anticyclone also hit France and Italy, prompting authorities to warn of the risk of an avalanche in the Italian Alps.

“At this time, [a temperatura] is about 15ºC in some areas of the Alps, located at an altitude of 1,600 meters, and it has not even reached 0ºC below 4,000 meters. The nights have not been freezing, which is very strange,” said Luca Mercalli, an Italian meteorologist, quoted by the same newspaper.

Some of Italy’s best-known ski resorts, such as those located in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Courmayeur, have forecasts of 13ºC above the average recorded on New Year’s Eve, temperatures that should remain high until Monday, January 3rd.

The Italian Alps Rescue Service advised tourists to regularly check weather reports due to the risk of avalanches. “High temperatures accompanied by strong winds create the perfect conditions for avalanches,” warned Mercalli.

For the rest, and like Spain, Italy is experiencing very high temperatures, with a forecast of 18ºC to Rome on Saturday and 22ºC in Sicily, until mid-week.

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The trend extends to Portugal, where peaks above 20 degrees are forecast for this weekend in various parts of the country, from the south to the north and central coast, due to a mass of warm air coming from North Africa.

According to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), on January 1st, temperatures are forecast “at around 20ºC in the majority of the national territory”.

 
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