During a period of stable summer weather from 15-19 July, temperatures rose to record highs for the
This information comes from the latest images from two sensors, the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) on ESA's ENVISAT satellite and the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA's Aura Satellite.
The AATSR data shows how temperatures in the
Rural environments display lower temperatures and more moderate pollution levels. Since NO2 is mainly caused by road traffic and power plants, the lack of rain and wind in the stable summer weather allows significant build-up in major cities.
Dr John Remedios, head of Earth Observation Science at
'The images show the temperature increase and pollution levels for every region in the
'It is particularly striking to see the extent of temperature and pollution increases in the large cities, which have such a detrimental effect on the quality of life in those locations.'