It got unsettlingly warm at the top of the Marmolada massif in Italy. The temperature was higher than a year ago, when a fragment of the glacier broke off and 11 people died, experts emphasize. Specialists note that the high temperature in the mountains has a serious impact on the condition of the glaciers.
Marmolada, the highest massif in the Dolomites, reaches a height of 3,343 meters above sea level. On Saturday, a temperature of 13.3 degrees Celsius was recorded at its peak. The current temperature is a record for the last decade, ANSA reported. The reading was taken before 5 p.m.
These data cause growing concern about the state of glaciers, which, as a result of negative climate change and global temperature rise, are increasingly at risk of melting.
At the beginning of July 2022, a giant piece of the glacier broke off from the massif. 11 people died. The temperature there was then 12.7 degrees Celsius – experts remind.
“Hot tongue” from Africa
The exceptional heat in the Dolomites is the result of another anticyclone that came over Italy from northern Africa. According to meteorologists, the “hot tongue” of the anticyclone will bring a further increase in temperature also in the high mountains.
On Sunday, the highest level of heat alert, introduced by the Ministry of Health, applies in Bolzano, Brescia, Bologna, Florence, Latina, Perugia, Rieti and Rome. Temperatures reach 40 degrees.
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