Heatwaves and thunder storms – a deadly combination

Human loss of life has followed June (2021) thunderstorms in parts of western Europe that followed seasonally early heatwaves.

France experienced severe thunderstorms (with 137km/hr winds) resulting in considerable wind / flooding-related damage. Several people lost their life from drowning after seeking an aquatic refuge from the heat. By 22nd June 2021, press sources had reported 15 people drowned in Poland and more than 12 in Germany. Heatwaves were also reported in Moscow, Russia, Greece, Malta and the United Kingdom. The southwest of the United States of America experienced a record heat wave with temperatures in the city of Phoenix rising to 115F (46oC).

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