Hot weekend with a new high

It was 36.5 degrees at 3 p.m. in Feldkirch, on June 30, 1950 it was 36.3 degrees. The temperatures are currently five to ten degrees above the average values ​​for mid-June – more on this in vorarlberg.ORF.at.

The provincial maximum values ​​for June are now between 36.5 degrees in Vorarlberg and 38.6 degrees in Lower Austria (Waidhofen/Ybbs 2013). The temperatures in Imst (Tyrol, 35.9 degrees) and in Bludenz (Vorarlberg, 35.8 degrees) just missed the 36 degrees.

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With the high temperatures, it is important to prevent dehydration

At least 30 degrees

In Upper Austria it was the hottest today in Braunau/Ranshofen and Weyer with 35.3 degrees each, in Lower Austria in Amstetten and Wieselburg with 35.1 degrees each and in Salzburg in Golling with 34.2 degrees.

In Styria, the thermometer climbed the highest today in Hall/Admont (34.1 degrees). This caused a brisk rush to the pools and lakes – more on that in steiermark.ORF.at.

In Carinthia, the highest value of the day was reached in Spittal an der Drau (33.4 degrees). In the center of Vienna, 32.6 degrees gave people a hard time. In Burgenland, Eisenstadt led the list with 30.6 degrees.

High temperatures in the mountains

The high temperatures on mountains are also remarkable. 20 degrees were measured on the Galzig/Arlberg at 2,079 meters above sea level, on the Sonnblick observatory of the ZAMG at 3,106 meters above sea level it was still 10.8 degrees.

It will also be warmer than average next week, with afternoon temperatures mostly between 26 and 33 degrees. However, the weather will become more unsettled, with a mix of sunshine, clouds and sometimes heavy thunderstorms.

Number of hot days doubled

The number of days with at least 30 degrees (hot days) has doubled or quadrupled in June in the past few decades in the low altitudes of Austria, as an evaluation by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) shows: There were, for example, in the provincial capitals in an average June in the period 1961 to 1990 one to two hot days. Between 1991 and 2020 there were between two (Bregenz) and five (Innsbruck) hot days in an average June.

These highs are all from the recent past. Innsbruck is at the top with 17 hot days in June 2019. In 2021 Austria experienced the third warmest June in measurement history, with many days above 30 degrees. June 2021 thus confirmed the enormous warming in recent years. Of the ten warmest June months in Austria’s 255-year history, eight have been since the year 2000.

Climate crisis fuels heat

In addition to Austria, large other parts of Europe have been groaning under an exceptionally early heat wave for days. In addition to maximum temperatures, the emergency services were primarily concerned about forest fires – in Greece as well as in France, Spain and Germany.

According to experts, the increase in heat waves and droughts is a direct result of global warming. The intensity as well as the duration and frequency of these phenomena are increasing.

Climate change is leading to earlier heat waves, explained Clare Nullis from the World Weather Organization (WMO) in Geneva. “Unfortunately, what we are seeing today is a foretaste of the future” if greenhouse gas emissions do not decrease, the expert warned. According to the WMO, the number of severe weather disasters increased fivefold between 1970 and 2019.

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