Extreme temperatures in Germany: the dangers of the heat and what you can do about it – Panorama – Society

The summer heat is returning to Germany. The German Weather Service (DWD) said it was getting warmer almost every day, with temperatures expected to peak at the weekend with temperatures of up to 37 degrees.

The first tropical night this year falls on Sunday night with temperatures above 20 degrees. However, according to the forecast, it will not be hot for long. Meteorologist Sebastian Schappert explained that, therefore, it is probably not possible to talk about a classic heat wave.

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For a heat wave, the temperature must be above 30 degrees for several days and not drop below 20 degrees at night.

Heat in Spain

Spain is currently suffering from extreme heat. In Seville and Córdoba, the temperature will rise to 43 degrees. According to a report from the newspaper “El País”, heat waves are intensifying in Spain. They started earlier, last longer, temperatures are higher, and the affected parts of the country are getting larger. Experts explain this with climate changes caused by human activity.

Temperatures in Berlin are expected to reach 35C on Saturday and 37C on Sunday over the weekend. Daytime sunlight is said to be 16 hours and the chance of rain is very low.

In the heat “Acute danger to life”.

“When the heat warning value of DWD is reached, there can be an acute danger to life,” the Nuremberg Health Department said in a press release. DWD issues a warning if the predicted early afternoon temperature is at least 32 degrees.

Particularly vulnerable risk groups are the elderly, chronically ill and young children – must adjust their behavior at declared high temperatures. “Even at 26 degrees Celsius, the body reacts with increased sweating and impaired blood circulation,” writes the Nuremberg health department.

Chronic heat exposure can also lead to skin rashes, calf cramps, and leg swelling. Cardiovascular diseases may worsen or recur. Typical symptoms here are dizziness, headaches, exhaustion and drowsiness.

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