Blistering temperatures swept across Europe in mid-July 2006. Both Britain and Germany experienced their hottest July on record, reported the Associated Press. The heat is reflected in this land surface temperature image, made from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite between July 12 and July 19, 2006. Regions where land surface temperatures were warmer than the average temperatures during the same period between 2000 and 2005 are red, while cooler temperatures are blue. France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Britain, and Ireland are all deep red, indicating that temperatures were as much as 10 degrees Celsius warmer than the recent 6-year average. But not all Europeans were languishing in heat; both the eastern Mediterranean and far northern Europe were much cooler than average.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of Zhengming Wan, MODIS Land Surface Temperature Group, Institute for Computational Earth System Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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