Extreme Temperature Diary- July 26, 2018/ Hot Topic: Extreme European Heat

Wednesday July 26th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:

Extreme European Heat

The main purpose for this site is reporting on U.S. extreme temperatures, but when I get wind of exceptional planetary events I’ll report about those. Numerous climate writers have lumped many heat waves that have been occurring around the globe this July calling them Part of a “global heatwave.” Since the entire planet isn’t burning I won’t use this phrase trying not to sensationalize current events in association with global warming, sticking to the science. Perhaps I’m wrong here, and we need to use this reference writing that the planet is undergoing a global heatwave. You decide. In any case Europe is today’s topic since potentially all-time records will be set today into Friday across that continent.

A couple of days ago I noted that the Scandinavian heat dome would come back big time late this week. Here is the current state of the heat dome across Europe:     

Exceptionally high 500 millibar heights extend southwest from our building  Scandinavian ridge to France and Britain where there is a chance for all-time records. Note the high over low “Rex Block” in met speak configuration from Scandinavia southward to Greece. I contend that this is a climate change signal. As the years go by more and more warm air aloft is penetrating high latitudes squeezing relatively small cool pockets southward forming more of these blocks. A strong system located southeast of Greenland will move East and end exceptional heat in western Europe over the weekend:

So far I’m seeing these reports:

Nombreux records absolus de chaleur en train de tomber sur l’ouest des :
38.1°C à Westdorpe (extrême sud-ouest)
37.9°C à Hoek van Holland (Tx côtière inédite !)
36.8°C à Vlissingen (côte sud-ouest)
35.7°C à Amsterdam-Schiphol airport

(Tx provisoires via )

Translated from French by

Many absolute records of heat falling on the west of : 38.1 °c to Westdorpe (extreme southwest) 37.9 °c to Hoek van Holland (new coastal Tx!) 36.8 °c to Vlissingen (southwest coast) 35.7 °c to Amsterdam-Schiphol airport…
(provisional Tx via )

7:48 AM – 27 Jul 2018


34.6°C à , à 0.4° de son record absolu du 21-07-1901

34.4°C à , 🏆nouveau record absolu pour le comté de battant les 33.5°C du 10-08-1975

34.2°C à Rygge, égalant son record absolu et record du comté d’Østfold (=03-08-1982)

🇳🇴 34.6 °c to , at 0.4 ° of its absolute record of 21-07-1901 34.4 °c to , 🏆 new absolute record for the county beating 33.5 °c from 10-08-1975 34.2 °c to Rygge, equaling its absolute record and record of Østfold County (= 03-08-1982)

🌡️UPDATE: Heathrow has just hit 35 °C. Will this be the top temperature of the day, or is there more to come?

🌡️ Exceptional heat on the Benelux this July 26th, especially in which the monthly NATIONAL heat record of July was equalled! 38.2 °c at rainbow = 38.2 °c, 02-07-2015, Maastricht and several stations including & -Airport broke their absolute record!

Dear Diary. Here are reports that I am adding on 7/27/18:
Here is the take from the Washington Post on this European heat wave:

Europe’s worst bout with a heatwave this century occurred in 2003. We’ll see if that of 2018 breaks 2003 records. Hopefully we won’t see what happened in France since just under 15,000 of its citizens perished from the 2003 episode. Beyond a health crisis the 2003 heat wave produced a devastating drought over southern Europe.
I’m seeing images like this one this season from social media:
Replying to
What an odd looking photo. Residents were enjoying fun in the sun along with reindeer who are used to a chilly clime. It’s no wonder looking at the bath water left from the prior heat dome from earlier this month:

source :

By now most reading this post are aware of wildfires that have tragically killed 82 persons in Greece, an event very much related to this European heat:


On 24 July, the Emergency Management Service was activated to monitor the 🇬🇷. The maps produced so far indicate that approximately 32 km are influenced by the . more here: http://copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-ems-rapid-mapping-activated-forest-fires-attika-greece

On 23 July, two large fires broke out in Attika, a region in the central-southern part of Greece. While a state of emergency was declared by Attika Regional Authorities, the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism was activated. Resources from across the EU have been transported in to assist with extinguishing the fire and attending to the affected population, including a transport plane with 60 firefighters from Cyprus and three water bombers from Italy and Romania.

The fires broke out near seaside resorts, sending residents fleeing towards nearby beaches and evacuating by boat. According to media, at the time of writing, the number of casualties has reached 82. More than 700 people have been evacuated and at least 164 people are being treated for injuries.

The Greek General secretariat for Civil Protection activated the EMS Rapid Mapping Component on 24 July. Delineation maps, showing the extent of the burn, have been produced over two Areas of Interest (AoIs): Geraneia and Rafina. Additional maps are being produced for further monitoring. The maps produced as of Wednesday evening on 26 July show, in aggregate, approximately 3,200 ha burned by the fires.

In Britain the current heat wave and associated drought will disrupt food supplies:
Quoting from this article:

Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), said if Britain left the EU next March without a deal, disruption at customs and border crossings could impact food supplies.

He also said Britain’s long spell of hot sunny weather and little rain would start to hit supplies in the autumn.

“We’re going through the most extraordinary summer and we’re already seeing farmers struggling with crops, with feed for ruminants (cattle and sheep). There are vegetable shortages because there hasn’t been enough rain,” Wright told BBC radio.

Look at how the UK is turning brown after the lack of rainfall (Photo source: )

In the sense that unprecedented record temperatures are occurring in Scandinavia, this heat wave is even more odd that that occurring in 2003. The Heat dome there will not budge much this weekend preventing the system moving in from off the coast of Greenland to change the overall warm to hot weather patter. By August 1st very high 500 millibar heights will persist and get even warmer for most of the continent:
As more reports come in from Europe I’ll be adding them to this post.
Now back to the U.S. western heat wave. The heat episode peaked Wednesday but will still be intense enough to produce more daily records for days to come. Heat advisories have been discontinued for the Phoenix area but remain up for much of the west coast:
Advisories are also up for Southwest Wyoming.
Temperatures on Friday will be similar to those of today:

Once more most of the Midwest is living large having some of the most comfortable temperatures in mid-latitudes across the Northern Hemisphere.

Hot off the presses (pardon the pun😉)  here is more global warming news from Jason Samenow:


Here is todays one big ET:

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