The warming of the Mediterranean Sea threatens severe phenomena

31 July, 2022
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The warming of the Mediterranean Sea threatens severe phenomena

Since the beginning of the summer, unprecedented heat waves have hit most parts of the world, including the Mediterranean countries.

The temperature of the Mediterranean is above average for the current season, which creates threats of extreme weather phenomena, Doctor of Physics at the Spanish Meteorological Agency Juan Jesus Gonzalez said on Sunday.

"The Mediterranean is becoming more and more similar to the Caribbean," the Spanish radio station RTVE quoted Gonzalez as saying, noting that the expert warned in 2019 of an increased risk of hurricanes in the sea as a result of global warming. Among the direct consequences, the expert stated, is the potential damage to the region's biodiversity, as Mediterranean flora and fauna will suffer from extreme fluctuations in temperature in the long term.

The water temperature in some parts of the western Mediterranean has exceeded the 30-degree Celsius (86-degree Fahrenheit) barrier over the past weeks, an abnormally high, according to Gonzalez.

The average water temperature in the Mediterranean ranges between 20-28°C in July.


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