VIDEO INTERVIEW | Prof. Dr. Spiridonov: We will have a hot summer with tropical nights, drought and possible fires

Prof. Dr. Vlado Spiridonov / Photo: Sloboden Pechat / Dragan Mitreski

The country was hit by a heat wave that lasted for several days. Temperatures will reach 40 degrees Celsius tomorrow and Saturday. Will there be more frequent heat waves like this with tropical nights, how long will the hellish temperatures last and when should we expect cooling, this morning on the show Free Press we are talking to Professor Dr. Vlado Spiridonov from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Skopje. The professor says that with his NOTHAS tool used for research purposes, he predicts that the infernal temperatures will end by the weekend. Supercell storms, local storms and slightly cooler temperatures are possible from Monday.

- On several of my occasions 1-2 months ago, I pointed out that this year we will have a hotter summer and increased temperatures by 1-2 degrees compared to an average defined by these atmospheric-climate models. The American system gave a similar estimate for a very hot summer on European soil. We did not expect such a drought in parallel with the high temperatures. Of course there is climate change. They existed, but now they are accelerated - says Spiridonov.

He explains that the temperature has been rising by 0,06 degrees per decade since the pre-industrial period.

Prof. Dr. Vlado Spiridonov / Photo: Sloboden Pechat / Dragan Mitreski


– This is the second cycle of these heat waves. Climate change brings more negative consequences. One of the consequences is the frequent occurrence of heat waves on the planet. Heat waves also bring with them the occurrence of droughts. Further, as we enter the summer, we will have a deficit of precipitation and the danger of fires will appear. Our area, if we look globally, means the European continent is under the influence of a subtropical high pressure belt. One is positioned in the north-western part and it penetrates towards the Mediterranean and the Balkan Peninsula, and the other center is in the north-eastern part towards the Persian Gulf - says the professor.

The state may be left without meteorologists, only three students are actively studying

According to him, warm air is also being brought to Macedonia, which will be felt more in the urban areas, in Skopje. The professor appeals that urban meteorology should also be considered, as it is very important for air quality.

When asked how long this heat wave will last, Spiridonov says that a cyclonic circulation will form in a high pressure belt as a result of the penetration of cooler air, which now dominates the part of northwestern Europe.

VIDEO INTERVIEW | Prof. Dr. Spiridonov: We are expecting a long hot summer with local storms

- For the weekend and already from Monday, the atmosphere will be more changeable, there will be instability, there will be thunderstorms, the temperatures will be slightly more bearable, that week will be quite unstable for Central Italy, Istria, Slovenia, Croatia, super cell storms will develop . In Serbia sometime around Monday, says the professor.

According to the professor, we will have a warmer summer by 1 to 2 degrees compared to the average.

Prof. Dr. Vlado Spiridonov / Photo: Sloboden Pechat / Dragan Mitreski

- We already have the appearance of warm, tropical nights. We will have both droughts and fires during the second phase of summer. However, we will also have storms and storms - says Spiridonov.

The professor and I also discussed the shortage of meteorologists in the country.

– One full-time professor in Macedonia and one full-time student in meteorology. That is the current image of the institution. I constantly appeal that meteorology as a branch of physics, which will be studied at the Institute of Physics, will provide full support in the development of science and the Faculty of Science and Mathematics. I want to say that, indeed, a day will come when we will ask ourselves and look at each other and say, how come we don't have staff now, simply who can report on the weather, and the climate, and the waters, and the weather disasters, and about climate change. Well, yes, there won't be, because there should be a strategy for one branch that will be increasingly necessary in all sectors of the state. Simply, to make a systemic solution, to enroll in the first cycle of studies, to train staff, to hire those dozen who have been waiting for employment for several years, and, simply, to think about those staff who will be extremely necessary , because there is a big shortage of meteorologists, there is no one to report on the weather - says Spiridonov.

See the full interview below: 

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