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Weather: Heatwave to continue this weekend in Austria

Austria's hottest day of the year was recorded on Thursday, as thermometers marked 37.7C in Lower Austria, but that doesn't mean the heat is over.

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The Austrian heat wave shows no signs of easing after yesterday was the hottest day of the year, with 37.7C reached in Seibersdorf, Lower Austria, according to the forecast by the meteorologic institute ZAMG.

The weekend will still be above-average hot, the forecast shows. On Friday, sunny weather prevails, especially above the mountains and hills, but the afternoon could bring rain and thunderstorms in Tyrol and Styria.

Temperatures rise during the day to a maximum of between 28C and 36C.

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In Vienna, maximum temperatures for the day are around 35C, with sunny and cloudless weather.

Some thunderstorms are still possible at night on the southern side of the Alps, but they will subside quickly, ZAMG says. During the morning hours, there is likely rain also in the Salzkammergut region. Everywhere else, the night is dry, with temperatures in the low 15C to 24C.

Hot and unstable weather during the weekend

People can expect rain and thunderstorms on Saturday in most of Austria, but temperatures will still be high, with maximums ranging from 26C to 35C.

The hottest areas will be the far east and southwest, including Vienna.

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The weather will calm down on Sunday, and the day will be mostly sunny and dry in Austria. However, some rain showers are possible in Bergland and southern Burgenland regions. Early temperatures in the morning are between 14C and 22C, and the daily maximum values are between 27C and 33C.

In Vienna, the minimum is expected to be 21C, while temperatures can go as high as 32C.

A scorching new week

Austria will once again receive a subtropical southwest current which will result in temperatures rising again at low altitudes. The maximum will be well above 30C throughout, ZAMG forecasts.

On Monday, the minimum temperature is expected to be around 22C, while the maximum should be around 35C in Vienna. In the west, there is a tendency for thunderstorms, especially in Salzkammergut and Upper Carinthia regions.

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On Tuesday, rain showers and thunderstorms dominate the first half of the day, but the weather should calm down slowly in the afternoon when the sun comes out more often.

Temperatures will be between 17C to 25C in the morning and 22C to 28C in the afternoon. In Vienna, they should stay between 21C and 26C.

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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

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The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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