That is, the heatwave is Greenland's problem now, right? Not quite. If records fall in Greenland, that's a problem for everyone.
Greenland is the second largest ice cap in the world. And if it melts significantly – as expected this year – it will affect the sea level and the weather around the world.
Greenland's ice cap usually melts in the summer. This year, it started melting earlier in May and the heatwave is expected to accelerate the melt this week.
The mammoth ice of the country rises over 3,000 meters above sea level. Predictors predict that the summit will be particularly warm this week at just under zero degrees.
"It's a very warm temperature for this altitude," said Ruth Mottram, climatologist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.
Now 2019 could reach the record year of 2012, said Jason Box, professor and ice climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. During this "melting year", he said, the Greenland ice sheet lost 450 million tons – equivalent to more than 14,000 tons of ice loss per second.
What happens in Greenland will make itself felt around the world world.
Box said that this year's melt flooded the North Atlantic with fresh water, which could affect the weather in northwestern Europe. The result could be stronger storms, he added, citing flooding in Britain in 2015 and 2016. "Whatever happens in Greenland radiates its effects down," he said on a highway in central Java, Indonesia on 2 February. "src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354-indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-small-169.jpg "src-xsmall =" // cdn.cnn.com /cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354-indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-medium-plus-169.jpg "src-small =" http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354- indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-large-169.jpg "src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354-indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-exlarge-169 .jpg "src-large =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354-indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-super-169.jpg "src-full16x9 =" // cdn.cnn .com / cnnnext / dam / assets / 190730162354-indonesia-sea-level-file-restricted-full-169.jpg "src-mini1x1 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190730162354-indonesia- sea-level-file-restricted-small-11.jpg "data-demand-load =" not-loaded "data-eq-pts =" mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781 "/>