This summer has been extreme. It will be similar in the coming years, expert predicts

The weather that awaits us in the coming days heralds the onset of autumn. Meteorologist Josef Hanzlík stressed that the extreme weather events that hit Central Europe in the summer months would not pass us by in the coming years.

We are probably not expecting summer weather anymore. By the end of August, temperatures will reach highs of between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius. It will be mostly cloudy, and showers will occur in places.

“Temperatures in the coming days will be more in line with late September and early October than in late summer. August this year is the first summer month in a decade that is below normal in terms of temperature, ” meteorologist Josef Hanzlík said, adding that the last few years have seen above-normal temperatures and dry summers.

“On the other hand, summers before 2000, when global warming was not yet occurring, the planet was not warming up as much, and we were not experiencing the extremes that we see now. Then we were experiencing summer months that were more rainfall-rich, and thermometers were showing highs of around 25 degrees Celsius,” Hanzlík recalled.

Floods could hit the Czech Republic

This summer has been unusual in other ways as well. A tornado swept through the Czech Republic in the last week of June, and extreme rainfall in July led to flooding in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

“We’re going to experience either what we’ve had here in recent years, which is an above-average warm summer, or what we’ve had here this year – a temperature-normal summer, but stormier. Subsequent years may even be more precipitation-rich. We haven’t had colossal, large-scale floods here for a long time, “Hanzlík stressed.

He also recalled the floods of 2002 and 2013. Therefore, I would expect that floods will hit the Czech Republic in one of the following years. The alternation of extreme events is accompanied by global warming and changes in air circulation, ” Hanzlík said.