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The European heatwave seen from space

on 29 July 2019

The European continent has been hit once again by a heatwave, a month apart from the previous hot spell, in June. With temperatures reaching around 40°C, several heat records were broken in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France, in Paris.

The illustration, covering Romania as well, shows land surface temperature from 25 July 2019, using the Copernicus Sentinel-3’s Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer. Whereas weather forecasts use predicted air temperatures, the satellite measures the real amount of energy radiating from Earth – therefore this map better represents the real temperature of the land surface. Clouds are visible in white in the image, while the light blue represents snow-covered areas.

ESA also created an animation comparing land surface temperatures on 25 July 2019 and data recorded during the previous heatwave on 26 June 2019.

After the heatwave, severe thunderstorms were registered.

For updates on weather conditions in Romania, please visit the ANM website

Image credit: ESA

2019 07 Heatwave B