Extreme heat warning for holidaymakers traveling to Greece or Turkey this half of October
Britons traveling to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus this term will want to be alert to scorching temperatures on arrival as Europe’s summer heatwave rumbles.
Over the past weekend alone, the holiday paradise of Antalya, Turkey reached 41C according to some weather stations, shattering its previous record for the hottest day in October by two degrees.
The Mirror reports that this also means Turkey has just recorded its hottest October day since 1930, according to meteorologist Yaser Turker – who wrote: “Antalya had a historic day in terms of temperature.
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“Antalya Airport experienced the hottest October day since 1930 with 41.2°C (central 40.4°C) due to drying hot air from Africa and descending towards the bay from the north and northwest. 41.2°C is also Turkey’s October. record.”
The heat wave has landed on the coasts of a region favored by holidaymakers seeking fun in the sun in Turkey, with more than 10 million tourists landing in Antalya this year so far. October 1 was particularly scorching across the board, with Athalassa National Park in Cyprus posting just under 40C and Potamoi in Greece hitting highs of 39.2C.
According to Arabia Weather, the spike in temperature was the result of wind blowing down from the tops of the Taurus Mountains in a weather phenomenon known as the “Fohn Wind”. And while temperatures have actually cooled over the past two days to a much more manageable 30C on Turkey’s southern coast, the weekend’s high point is a gentle reminder of how the global weather of 2022 can be relentless and unpredictable.
In the summer, temperature records plummeted across Europe with thermometers topping 40C for the first time in the UK, while Portugal was host to wildfires due to searing heat from 47°C. In one of the hottest regions in the world – Death Valley, USA, temperatures also stayed above 50°C for the first time.
Beginning in mid-June 2022, China experienced the longest and strongest heat wave this summer on record since the country established its national weather observations in 1961. The heat wave lasted about 70 days, with temperatures in several provinces and dozens of cities exceeding 40C.
The longevity of the heatwave and the fact that it affected so many countries around the world underscored the alarming effect of man-made global warming. Many scientists have warned that such temperatures – and the damage they can cause to people and natural resources – will become increasingly common.
As the mid-term approaches, Britons looking to make the most of the relatively weak state of the Turkish economy can either be alarmed or rejoice in the likely hot weather. Although temperatures will most likely drop when schools close in a fortnight, the seemingly relentless nature of the 2022 heat wave cannot be ruled out.