NASA shows photo with the hottest countries on the planet
The world is burning. With various parts of the planet facing a severe heat wave, with the main affected being Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the POT revealed a map image of the Earth with high surface air temperatures.
Through its official accounts, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared the global map, showing how the heat wave has been affecting, with temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
On the map, the warmest places were colored reddish, while the coldest were colored blue.
Heat wave may affect living conditions
According to Steven Pawson, head of the Office of Global Modeling and Assimilation at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the strong wave of extreme heat can affect our living conditions: “While there is an obvious pattern of an ‘atmospheric wave’ with alternating warm (redder) and cooler (bluer) values in different places, this large area of extreme (and record-breaking) heat is another clear indicator that emissions of greenhouse gases due to human activity are causing climatic extremes that affect our living conditions”.
In addition to this, NASA also reported that in Western Europe there was already a worrying drought, so the heat wave “stoked the fires that were raging in Portugal, Spain and parts of France”.
In recent weeks, several spontaneous fires have occurred in Europe due to heat and the map showed the fires detected in Portugal and Spainobserved by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Array, using the Suomi NPP satellite.
In Portugal, temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius on July 13 in the city of Leiria, where more than 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) had burned. More than half the country was on red alert as firefighters battled 14 active fires.
For its part, in Madrid, more than 1,500 hectares were burned, while in Italy, the heat wave broke a record with the collapse of a Marmolada glacier in the Dolomite mountains. In Africa, the temperature reached 48 degrees Celsius, breaking a 40-year record.