Extreme weather has been a feature of Europe’s extreme weather. Heat records were set in Spain, where temperatures reached 40C. Germany was hit with severe storms that caused tornadoes to strike some parts of Germany, injuring at most 30 people.
It is evident that the continent has very different conditions. Spain experiences blistering heat, while Germany suffers from dangerous storms.
After intense heat started to build, an alert was issued for large areas of Spain.
The North African dry, hot air has caused temperatures to rise up to 15C, some areas reaching 40C (104F).
According to the State Meteorological Agency, it expects that Saturday will see “unusual” and “extreme” temperatures.
Ruben del Campo, agency spokesperson, stated that “these will likely be among the hottest temperatures we’ve ever seen in May in 21st century.”
The temperature in Jaen, a southern Spanish city, reached 38.7C (101.7F), which is 15C higher than the seasonal average. This was a May record.
Cuenca, the city’s central center, saw a daily low of 19.5C (67.1F), which was two degrees more than the May minimum.
High temperatures are expected to push northeast over the next few days. Conditions will not improve until Sunday.
Three regions were under yellow alert (Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura, and Madrid), and one was under orange alert (Andalusia), but none of them were under the highest red alert. This indicates that there is an extreme risk.
Storms in Germany leave at least 30 people injured
Police said that at least 30 people were injured in the tornado that struck Paderborn’s western city. Ten of these injuries were serious.
According to authorities, the winds that could reach 130 kmph (81 MPH) were strong enough to blow away roofs and topple trees, sending debris flying miles.
Paderborn police stated that there were at least 40 people who were injured in the tornado.
Officials advised people to stay in their homes to prevent them from hindering rescue efforts or putting themselves at risk.
Officials said that the tornado that decimated Lippstadt, a western German town, was also causing heavy hail and rain across the country.
The steeple of a church in the village was toppled. German news agency dpa reported more than 100 people were trapped in an open-air pool in the area after fallen trees blocked the exit.
Police reported that two French nationals were killed when their paraglider motor caught wind and crashed into a field in Germany.
According to authorities in Saxony Anhalt, the paragliders were carrying a woman and a man. They left Ballenstedt airfield, which is about 109 miles southwest from Berlin.
Police issued a warning shortly after the incident. They stated that the paraglider collapsed and the aircraft crashed onto a field at 40m above the ground.
Schools in Cologne’s western city were closed at noon to allow students to return home before the storms struck.
All schools in Ahrweiler County, further south, remained closed Friday.
After the flash flood of July 2021, more than 130 people died in the area.