European Heat Wave

Satellite photo of Europe from a couple of days back:

France is braced for record-breaking temperatures in the south, and two people have died in Spain, as Europe continues to face a sweltering heatwave.

Four départements in southern France were placed on emergency red alert on Friday, the first time the measure has covered such a large area. Temperatures could exceed 45C in inland parts of Vaucluse, Gard, Hérault and Bouches-du-Rhône

Jogging has become “risky behaviour.”

The health minister, Agnès Buzyn, urged what she called “those in denial of extreme heat” to avoid “risky behaviours”. She urged people not to jog between noon and 2pm and said parents should not under any circumstances leave children in cars.

Being that it’s the Guardian, of course it also has to add:

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, warned that extreme weather was likely to become more frequent as a result of global warming. “We will need to change our set-up, our way of working, build differently,” he said, stressing a necessary “adaptation of society and its habits”.

Presumably that will mean a jogging ban, in what has become a “climate emergency”.

This week, an independent report found France was falling behind on tackling the climate emergency and failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite ambitious promises.


Scientists have said Europe’s 2019 heatwave, like last year’s, is closely linked to the climate emergency and that such extreme weather events will be many times more likely over the coming decades.

Calling it an “emergency” devalues emergencies. Once everything has become an emergency, nothing is an emergency.

Fortunately the British Isles are mostly covered in cloud, like they usually are, so we have escaped the climate emergency for now. Instead I suppose that we must be having a cloud and rain emergency.

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24 Responses to European Heat Wave

  1. sackersonwp says:

    How does that compare with 1976?

  2. I thought weather was not supposed to be climate, according to the green nutters? I for one would welcome a bit warmer weather. I certainly don’t welcome the political class trying to ‘do something about it’, by taxing the shit out of all of us and taking away our cars and central heating

    Has anyone read, ‘An Appeal to Reason’, by Nigel Lawson? It explores what might happen if the doomsayers are correct and the Earth does warm up a bit. All in all, it predicts that overall quality of life would probably improve a little. I recommend it

  3. Rose says:

    I’m sure I’ve heard this kind of thing before

    Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling!

    “Henny-Penny is a story young children should learn early: trying to incite panic can result in opportunists like Foxy-woxy doing real harm. The iconic story was published in English Fairy Tales, retold by Flora Annie Steel (1922), illustrated by Arthur Rackham.”

    “One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the rickyard when—whack!—an acorn hit her upon the head. “Goodness gracious me!” said Henny-penny, “the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the King.”

    The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    “A lone man walks through the sweltering streets of a deserted London. The film then goes back several months. Peter Stenning (Judd) had been an up-and-coming journalist with the Daily Express, but since a divorce threw his life into disarray, he has been drinking too much (one of his lines is “Alcoholics of the press, unite!”) and his work has suffered. His editor (Christiansen) has begun giving him lousy assignments. Stenning’s only friend, Bill Maguire (McKern), is a veteran Fleet Street reporter who offers him encouragement and occasionally covers for him by writing his copy.

    Meanwhile, after the Soviet Union and the United States accidentally detonate simultaneous nuclear bomb tests, strange meteorological events begin to affect the globe.”

    Now it all seems to have been caused by the Industrial revolution.

  4. slugbop007 says:

    Marilyn Monroe


  5. Andrew Carey says:

    It’s odd how a record temperature generates headlines and yet every quarter we have records in human endeavour that happen so often nobody appreciates them for what they are – the furthest space flight, the highest population, the highest food consumption, the most people ever with access to clean water, the greatest GDP, the longest ever average longevity, the greatest computing power, the greatest ever trade and choice in communications. It all goes unremarked. It’s as if you can blame humans for heat, and there’s a % of the record that can be attributed to human activity as far as we know, but you can’t give humans any credit for their other records.

  6. Doonhamer says:

    What happened to named “Storms”?

  7. Antipholus Papps says:

    I think that the shifting of the goalposts to ‘climate emergency’ is a truly insidious piece of verbal gymnastics designed to enable the powers that be to declare a state of emergency and overtly suspend the rule of law.

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  9. Clicky says:

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      Glad to see this at least ended up with split results — especially since they way the question was asked introduces an antismoking bias from the onset. But, that is a typical antismoker trick. Unbiased sampling is unknown to the tobacco control propaganda mill.

    • Joe L. says:

      Mr. Vine wasn’t “pushed off a table in the sun by a smoker’s lack of consideration.” He voluntarily moved to another table because of his intolerance of smokers. He then decided to post his tragic experience to Twitter (along with a poll that didn’t quite give him the results he wanted) because he’s a selfish, hateful asshole.

  10. RdM says:

    Yes this obviously inserted “climate emergency” meme, propaganda talking point seems to have extended worldwide (at least in the West) very quickly. Like anti-smoking, like ‘climate change’.

    Are they chortling back in Directorate Z or whatever it’s called now, in Moscow? Or where?
    Ya think? Could Trump have just got the country wrong when he declared it a hoax?

    I’ve wondered how these protest marches get so quickly organised;- where are the tobacco lovers & smokers ones, how do they get organised after say the years ago Stony Stratford in the UK?

    Anyway, I see in the UK there is a slick bought and paid for website (by who and for whom?)

    And in little New Zealand, an astonishing array of meek dumbness signing up to ‘it’ too …

    With comments (too depressed to read any right now – but that’s what they want, isn’t it ;-)

    Frank, I wish you’d expand (somewhere in the settings?) your allowable links per post from two.
    I’ve seen other WordPress blogs where it’s 3, or even 4, I think.

    I’ll hold my patience.

  11. slugbop007 says:

    To RdM:

    At the bottom of the link you posted, on the right hand side, there is a logo for The Green Web Foundation. Follow the money.


    • RdM says:

      You’re right!
      I hadn’t even finished scrolling when I posted the first link.
      And worse, thegreenwebfoundation.ugh gives a security error:

      New domains, ugh & uh ( & oh?) selling soon? … joking
      Or how about … er

  12. waltc says:

    Um, not a new problem but Englishmen are immune:

  13. Clicky says:

  14. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    “Professor Tim Naish, a glaciologist at the Antarctic Research Centre, said declaring a climate emergency was an easy thing to say, but a harder thing to do.

    “If we’re going to solve this problem, the scale is enormous. We have to be on almost a war-time footing.

    “That invokes a whole lot of legislative change and in some cases, losses of liberties.

    “There’s a difference between declaring a climate emergency and taking action that will prevent a disaster.”
    Professor Tim Naish, of the Antarctic Research Centre says declaring a climate emergency is an easy thing to say, but a harder thing to do.”

    Emphasis for the crux of the matter: totalitarianism. Whooppee, and Prof Naish is on the thugs’ side.

    All this will be a total waste of resources and time, and probably end up killing huge numbers of people, but that’s what totalitarianism does best.

    It’s like tulip mania but with other people’s money, which means the good Prof won’t starve, that’s the job of the little folk.

    It’s stupidity on stilts.


  15. RdM says:

    OT, or OT, on or off.

    March 27 2020

    Latest GFS runs are forecasting a truly frosty and snowy next 7+ days for the majority of Europe, as winter continues to encroach ever-further into spring — a phenomenon long-predicted by those who study the Sun’s impact on climate.

    Beginning this weekend, brutal Arctic cold will engulf practically ALL of Europe sinking temperatures some 16C below-the-seasonal-average for many:

    Keep comfy and warm, folks!

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