Heat waves sizzling Northern Hemisphere

10:26, July 12, 2010      

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Heat waves have swept across Europe, North America,Russia, and elsewhere in Northern Hemisphere since the start of this July with thousands of reported fatalities. As heat waves hit the southwestern part of Europe, temperature in Iberia Peninsula climbed to 43 degrees Celsius.

Spain has faced temperature up to 44 degrees Celsius as the heat wave continued, and Madrid, its capital and largest city, recorded 37 degrees Celsius last Wednesday and 39 degrees Celsius on Thursday. In Portugal, temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius in the capital Lisbon,

This round of heat waves in Iberia Peninsula is attributed to the hot air mass that departs from Northern Africa as the 1000 meter level, which facilitated North-African air masses to move to the Balkans via the Strait of Gibraltar, note media reports from Spain. The northern half of Africa is primarily desert or arid, constraining Sahara.

As a matter of course, Spain does enjoy a generous amount of sunshine in the summer time, but the country is known for its aridity however and most of its land is spoilt by the sun-baking hot summer.

In the meanwhile, people in Spain have all along cheered their team particularly after it won the FIFA 2010 World Cap, and Spanish people are very excited, over-joyous and zealous over their team's historic victory. In these hottest days, people in Spain were told to modify their outdoor activities and advised to drink more water from time to time.

Meanwhile, various regions in Russia have subjected to extraordinary scorching weather. Temperatures in Moscow and adjacent cities reached 31 degrees Celsius on July 7. The climate in the Yakut ASSR is drastically continental, and a local city recorded 35.3 degrees Celsius last Wednesday, and the climate climax would reportedly sustain for a couple of days. In these scorching days, many Russians go swimming and enjoy the lounge in the sun near some swimming pools or fountains in parks.

Unfortunately, hundreds of people have drowned in Russia, trying to keep cool during a heatwave that has swept across the country. Six kids and a counselor from a summer camp on the Sea of Azov drowned on July 6, after a heat current drew them into the deep water. These drowned kids came to the summer camp in Russia's south From Moscow.

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