Deep red across Europe in this land surface temperature imag says one thing: July was hot. This image shows the difference in land surface temperatures from12-19 July 2006, compared to the average temperatures during that period for the past six years (2000-2005). The measurements were made by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite. Dark red shows areas where 2006 land surface temperatures were up to 10 degrees Celsius warmer than recentyears.
Ireland, Britain, France, and Germany were extremely warm as air temperatures in many parts ofEurope soared to or past 40 degrees Celsius, and Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands experienced their hottest July onrecord, reported the Associated Press and United Press International. Farmers were facing major croploss, and power companies struggled to keep up with electricity demands.