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It’s going to be a scorcher! Heatwave forecast next week

22:18 07/07/2022

The mercury is set to rise to around 30°C next week as an anticyclone - area of high pressure – is due to arrive in Belgium, resulting in hot, dry weather.

From Tuesday, the high pressure zone will settle over the country, explains RTBF. Rather than the usual northwest oceanic flow, Belgium will experience a dry continental flow from the east, guaranteeing a period of warm air.

In addition to this anticyclonic situation, a depression over Portugal will bring hot air from the south, resulting in a heatwave similar to the one experienced in mid-June.

June 2022 was the third hottest month of June recorded in the world, according to data from Europe's climate change service Copernicus.

A heatwave pattern appears to be emerging for the summer month as June 2019 and 2021 were the first and second hottest months globally.

The climate observation programme, which records data from satellites, ships, planes and weather stations around the world, explains that several ‘highlights’ occurred in June of this year.

These include the fact that the global average temperature for June was about 0.31°C higher than the average recorded between 1991 and 2020.

In Europe, it was the second hottest month of June on record, with a temperature around 1.6°C higher than average. June 2019 was the hottest June ever recorded on the continent.

Photo: © Visitbrussels/Eric Danhier

Written by The Bulletin