As per the source, there are now limitations in place forcing motorists to drive as slow as 100 km/h (62 mph). The decision was taken because the extreme heat could affect the quality of the road surface and endanger everyone on it.
More specifically, something the Germans are calling blow-ups occurs: the road surface expands because of the heat, pressing against itself until it bursts like a bubble.
Such occurrences were seen in several locations across the country. No reports of accidents or injuries were yet reported.
Europeans are not used to the extreme heat coming their way. Although throughout the years similar waves were reported, such events are rare.
The worst people there experienced was in 2003, when the hottest summer in centuries was recorded. It’s unclear to this day how many people died as a result, but estimates place the death toll to anywhere between 50,000 and 70,000.
Germany faced similar conditions last year, when a severe drought crippled rive shipping on the Rhine.This year, the country is already experiencing the hottest June on record.
“At our local Potsdam station, operating since 1893, we’re set to break the past June record by about 2C,” Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said in a tweet.
Thread: some facts on heat waves, as Europe is waiting for a record-breaking #heatwave this week. https://t.co/yaYz0beLHw At our local Potsdam station operating since 1893, we're set to break the past June record by about 2 °C! @sciforfuture @GretaThunberg @parents4future— Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) 24 iunie 2019