For the first time in the world, a Spanish settlement began to rank the weather phenomena that cause persistent heatwaves.
Persistent heat waves will become more severe in the near future (Photo: healthvermont.gov)
Juan Espada, the mayor of Seville, therefore presented the plan on June 21, which will be put into effect in one of the hottest settlements in Spain – where temperatures around 42 Celsius were measured last weekend as well. We are the first city in the world to make this decision, which will help plan possible defenses if similar weather events occur – said Espada at the presentation of the project.
Heat waves would be classified into three categories According to the plans, persistent heat would be predicted five days in advance, and the degree of warming would be classified into one of three categories. Heat waves will be named in reverse alphabetical order. Accordingly, the first five heat waves will be named Zoe, Yago, Xenia, Wenceslao and Vega. In the future, in addition to the weather forecasts, the residents of Seville will also receive health advice.
This new method will help draw attention to the deadly consequences of climate change, which will ultimately save lives
– pointed out Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Arsht-Rock think tank that develops solutions against the effects of climate change.
Names of heat waves are already being considered in other countries (Photo: CDC) The three heat protection alarms will trigger overlapping safety measures and provisions. These include the opening of the city’s swimming pools and water parks, as well as the deployment of social workers who monitor the health of older residents and residents exposed to risk due to other factors.There is another important aspect to the naming of heat waves: with this I would like to indicate that persistent heat is not only a rare, independent weather extreme, but a regular, recurring phenomenon. Similar measures are being considered by the state of California, where a record-breaking drought has been going on for the third year – thanks to which the enormous forest fires devastating the west coast of the USA have become more frequent. For the same reasons, heat waves are also planned to be named in Greece.According to the statistics of the National Weather Service of the American Meteorological Office, heat waves are the cause of the most deaths among weather phenomena in the United States: this means that an average of 138 Americans die each year due to prolonged heat. We have more to tell you, you can find all interesting things here!