Too hot and too dry: extreme temperatures in Austria

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Is it still spring, or is it already summer? Many people are asking themselves that at the moment. A glance at the thermometer makes you sweat even more.
If you compare the past few weeks with the average from 1991 to 2020, it was 3.7 degrees too warm in Upper Austria. An alarming value—it was the warmest March since measurements began. And climate change continues unabated.

Tangible proof of this: This weekend, temperatures that hardly fit in with April as we used to know it. The reason is warm air masses from North Africa. These also ensure a higher concentration of Saharan dust.

For example, guests were already cavorting in bathing suits at the Pleschinger See Lake in Steyregg (Urfahr-Umgebung district) near the provincial capital. A few hardy souls even dared to jump into the cool water.

The early summer weather continues at the start of the week. Tuesday will bring clouds and showers, but it will remain warm. The real change in the weather only comes on Wednesday: it rains, and snow is above 900 metres. Highs will be around 20 degrees.

The rising temperatures have another unpleasant effect: according to a study, they could also increase inflation.

It has become clear, for example, that the hot summer of 2022 increased food prices in Europe by around 0.6 per cent. The warming predicted for 2035 would increase the impact of such extremes by 50 per cent, it said.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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