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Heat wave that has swept Europe, is coming to Turkey

The heat wave that left hundreds dead in Europe is approaching Turkey. “We have to forget about the climate we know,” warn experts.

The heat wave that has swept through Europe causing record temperatures, hundreds of deaths and an unprecedented wave of wildfires, is now coming to Turkey, where according to meteorologists it will arrive from next Friday, July 22, lasting for several days. Experts also warn that, due to climate change, we have to forget about known weather patterns: “Turkey no longer has a Mediterranean climate,” they say.

Some provinces like Adıyaman or Adana have already recorded temperatures of up to 49 and 47 degrees, respectively. Current weather forecasts for July 22 from the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), indicate temperatures above 30 degrees for most provinces in western and Southeastern Anatolia, while inland provinces will see temperatures somewhat lower. However, the heat wave will make its full effects felt as of Saturday, July 23, and in the 81 provinces of the country.

Speaking to the Turkish press, Professor Orhan Şen, a meteorology expert at Istanbul Technical University (İTU), confirmed that Turkey has so far been spared from the heat wave in Europe, but that it could be “partially” affected starting Friday; in this regard, he recalled that the governor of Muğla, on the west coast of Turkey, has already issued an alert for danger of wildfires starting Friday, asking for caution with fires in the region.

“We have to forget about the weather patterns we know”

“The scorching heat that has been affecting Europe for days is expected to continue through Tuesday (July 19), potentially causing serious health problems. The heat wave will then spread to Southeastern Europe from Wednesday (July 20),” Şen explained, adding that its effects on Turkey could last 2-3 days.

“It’s not really a heat wave if it lasts less than 5 days,” said the professor, who nevertheless stressed that this is just the tip of the iceberg. “We have to forget about the weather patterns we know. Turkey no longer has a Mediterranean climate. It now has an arid climate, and we are heading to two-season years,” the expert stressed, warning that recurring heat waves could become a big problem for Turkey’s climate.

Hüseyin Öztel, another meteorologist, agrees with Şen that the heat wave that has swept Europe causing hundreds of deaths will reach Turkey in the coming days; and he added: “An era is coming when we should all be aware of the dangers of being under the sun.”