- Title: Tunis hit record 49C in heat wave on Tuesday
- Date: 11th August 2021
- Summary: TUNIS, TUNISIA (AUGUST 11, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ON THE BEACH / PEOPLE SWIMMING EXTERIOR OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METEOROLOGY SIGN ON ENTRANCE READING (Arabic) "National Institute of Meteorology" VARIOUS OF ENGINEER MEHREZ GANNOUCHI AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METEOROLOGY, LOOKING AT MAPS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ENGINEER AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METEOROLOGY, MEHREZ GANNOUCHI, SAYING: "Yesterday, we were concerned with five records. The temperatures reached 48.9 degrees Celsius, which were recorded in the regions of the North, Beja, Tunis, and Bizerte. At this level, these places have ranked fourth in the world in the ranking of the hottest places. Even at the African level, the first place was occupied by a temperature 48.9 degrees Celsius in Bizerte, which is the highest point in Africa, is the one that experiences a high temperature" VARIOUS OF HABIB BOURGUIBA FOUNTAIN PEOPLE WALKING IN THE STREET PEOPLE SITTING ON STREET BENCH (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TUNISIAN CITIZEN, LOTFI LTAIF, SAYING: "Yesterday's temperature I've never witnessed anything like it in my life, and this is God's will, I have never seen anything like this in my life, like yesterday's temperature." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SITTING ON BENCH IN STREET / PEOPLE WALKING IN THE STREET PEOPLE BUYING ICE CREAM VARIOUS OF TUNISIAN CITIZEN KOUSAIR AMDOUNI SITTING ON BENCH WITH A WATER BOTTLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TUNISIAN CITIZEN, KOUSAIR AMDOUNI, SAYING: "I wish only good in the coming years. When I want to say a word to the Tunisian citizens, I tell them, prepare yourselves for the coming years, due to pollution and and global warming, because this temperature is going to be nothing compared to the coming years." VARIOUS OF A PIGEON DRINKING WATER FROM A PUDDLE SUN IN THE SKY TUNISIAN FLAG FLUTTERING IN WIND
- Embargoed: 25th August 2021 16:49
- Keywords: Tunis climate change heat wave
- Location: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- City: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- Country: Tunisia
- Topics: Africa,Climate Change,Environment,General News,Government / Politics,Climate Politics
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- Story Text:Slightly lower temperatures in the low 40s (degrees Celsius) were forecast across northern Tunisia on Wednesday (August 11) after a heat spike across northern Tunisia caused record temperatures on Tuesday (August 10).
Temperature on Tuesday hit a sweltering 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) in the capital Tunis, the Meteorological Institute said.
In some parts of the country the high temperatures led to power outages as people stayed at home running air conditioning, putting extra pressure on the electricity system.
Tunisia's Meteorological Institute said the previous highest recorded temperature in Tunis was 46.8C in 1982. The northern cities of Bizerte and Beja also endured their highest recorded temperatures on Tuesday.
A U.N. climate panel warned on Monday (August 9) that climate change was close to spiralling out of control and that the world was already certain to face further climate disruptions for decades, if not centuries, to come.
In the Mediterranean region, high temperatures over the past week have contributed to wildfires that have swept through forested parts of Greece, Turkey and Tunisia's neighbour Algeria.
Fires also blazed in some mountainous parts of western Tunisia on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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