“IT WILL NOT BE STRANGE IF A TORNADO COMES TO SERBIA” Meteorologist warns of huge local weather adjustments!
From tropical plus 40, to a drop in temperature of 20 degrees, followed by hail and rain that immediately triggers torrential floods, and a fierce storm or mini tornado – this is what the changes in the weather in Serbia, which we are witnessing this month, look like. Everything is a consequence of global climate change, which was warned by climatologists.
We belong to a generation in which, instead of the flow of centuries, we witness drastic climate changes in just a few decades, due to which the transitional seasons, spring and autumn, were “lost”. Explaining what is happening to us, meteorologist and climatologist Vladimir Đurđević vividly says “the climate is on steroids”, warning that sudden weather changes will be more and more intense and pronounced.
We first had the beginning of June, when in some places, due to cold evenings, we had to light a fire in our homes or turn on the heating, and before the end of that month a heat wave followed, which in many cities broke the maximum daily temperature for June. The heat stroke, with temperatures higher than 40 degrees, was repeated in July, and apparently on hot days, it will be as early as next week and in August. Đurđević explains that due to climate change, summer in Serbia is extended by a month more, but the problem, again as a consequence of climate change, is the sudden transition from one type of weather to another.
– We in climatology sometimes say that the climate is a bit on steroids, that is, that it is more energetic than it was in the past. Not only does the planet heat up on average and then cause changes, but the problem is that the way air circulates through the planet has changed in a way that favors this situation, that some extremely unfavorable conditions such as an intensive city appear during this transition. or the recent appearance of tornadoes in the Czech Republic. This should be a warning for us, because it is not unexpected that a slightly stronger tornado will appear in Serbia – Đurđević warned a few days before a “leech” appeared over Bačka Palanka during a local storm, fortunately only a weak tornado.
After the tropical days we had at the beginning of the month, last week we were hit by refreshment, but not only the rain we hoped for, but the showers followed by the storm and the hazelnut-sized city in some areas of our country.
Torrential waters were automatically activated, because in many places rain collectors could not receive such an amount of water, and the news from Germany about the catastrophic consequences of floods unnoticed in the last 100 years “took care” of the panic. Fortunately, as hydrologists explained, those floods did not endanger Serbia, although the Sector for Emergency Situations immediately warned local governments to take preventive measures in order to minimize the risks of torrential floods.
– What happened in Germany could not affect our country because it was the North Sea basin. Serbia may be affected by events in southern Germany and Austria. It is a basin of the Danube, so we immediately had a moderate rise in water levels – said hydrologist Dejan Vladiković.
And how at the same time climate change can show both people at the micro level, is witnessed by the examples of two places, Priboj in the west and Petrovac na Mladi in eastern Serbia. In the first municipality, a large forest fire broke out for days, and in the second, heavy rain caused a large amount of water to flow from the surrounding hills and flood roads and a number of households.
The orange meteorological alarms, which RHMZ kept on in the previous days, are on again from the beginning of next week – it is expected that the temperatures in Belgrade, but also in the greater part of Serbia, will “reach” 40 degrees.
According to meteorologist Goran Mihajlović, occasional rain is expected during August, and it is not realistic to expect a repetition of the scenario with the catastrophic floods from 2014.
The catastrophic impact of climate change
The catastrophic impact of climate change, which is why Europe is no longer such a safe place to live, is now seen in the example of Germany and Belgium, where historical floods have claimed many lives and caused catastrophic material damage.
– Climate models, according to the latest reports, show that Europe is really threatened by extremes. This means that if there is a drought, it will be much worse than in the past, or if it rains, it will fall much more intensely, as we are witnessing now. There will now be three heat waves, of which there were zero or one in Belgrade – stated for RTS physicist and journalist Slobodan Bubnjević.
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