'Scream' Weathermap of European Heatwave

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'Scream' Weathermap of European Heatwave

Postby toucana on June 27th, 2019, 3:53 am 

Skull-like 'Scream' heatmap forecast

In France they call it La Canicule meaning the ‘Dog Days’ - a reference to the belief in classical antiquity that the hottest days of the year always come after the heliacal rising of the Dog Star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major which normally happens in July.


Last week, a French meteorologist Ruben Hallali noticed that a weather forecast model for today, June 27 included a heat map whose patterns of temperatures across France just happened to create the image of a screaming skull.

Naturally he tweeted it paired with the image of Edvard Munch’s famous 1893 painting The Scream.

It isn’t just France that is affected. The whole of western Europe is in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave. Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic recorded their highest ever June temperature on Wednesday.


France and Switzerland expect temperatures above 40C (104F) on Thursday, while parts of north-eastern Spain may reach 45C (113F) on Friday.

French officials have issued stark warnings about the risk to life and have cancelled national school exams due this week. While in Germany speed restrictions have been introduced on the Autotbahn road networks for the first time. The German Red Cross published a tweet on Tuesday imploring people to open windows and use fans with the message 'Durchzug is not harmful'. Germans are normally averse to draughts it seems !


Meteorologists say that exceptionally hot air drawn in from the Sahara in northern Africa is to blame for the current heatwave.
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