Science & environment

Climate: Monsoons sweep Europe

10 August 2010
Presseurop
La Repubblica

According to climatologists quoted by La Repubblica, "terms we used to describe extraordinary downpours on Europe are no longer fit for what is happening today", so we may well have to include the word monsoon in our weather dictionary. Global warming is increasing the temperature and dimension of hot air masses coming from the Sahara. At the western side they collide with cool and damp airstreams from northern atlantic, resulting in heavy rains like those that flooded central Europe, where precipitation rates have already doubled. In the east they meet no opposition, causing heat waves and fires as is currently happening in Russia. "The energy of the system is bound to increase even faster in absence of countermeasures", foresees Repubblica, hoping that recent disasters put pressure on the climate conference of Cancun to produce results.