June heatwave expected to break national all-time temperature records in France

Parisians and tourists cool down in the fountains of Trocadero across from the Eiffel Tower during a heat wave

Parisians and tourists cool down in the fountains of Trocadero across from the Eiffel Tower during a heat wave

By comparison, June temperatures average 33°C in Abu Dhabi, although high humidity is a major factor contributing to an intense heat rarely found in Europe for prolonged periods.

Mika Rantanen, a meteorologist in Finland, described computer model forecasts for the intensity of the heat "totally unheard of for June" in France.

Because such high temperatures are rare in France, most homes and many buildings do not have air conditioning. In Greenland, large ice melts have been recorded early in the season, and a heat wave in India this month has reportedly killed dozens (there are discrepancies with exactly how many). "Last year's hot summer in Germany has been estimated to have caused at least 1,000 excess deaths".

Tourists enjoy the summer temperatures on the Titlis mountain, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, near Engelberg, Switzerland. The mercury is forecast to approach 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 Celsius) in Madrid on Friday, which would be its highest temperature ever recorded.

Namely, you'll want to pack sunscreen, a fan, and a few dozen water bottles because the temperatures across the continent are expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week and beyond.

On Friday we will have high pressure over the United Kingdom and low pressure out in the Atlantic, and that will bring settled weather conditions across the United Kingdom and an easterly flow of air across the southern half of the country.

French charities and local officials were providing extra help for the elderly, the homeless and the sick this week, remembering some 15,000 people, many of them elderly, died in France during a 2003 heat wave.

He said four drownings had been recorded in France since the start of the week directly linked to the heatwave as people try to cool themselves.

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Even Copenhagen on the main island of Denmark is set to head into the 80s.

The 70-year-old record for the highest temperature recorded for June was beaten in Germany as 38.6C was recorded in Brandenburg, the German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed Wednesday.

Meteo France said France's all-time record could be broken - an August 12, 2003 reading of 44.1 C in Saint-Christol-les-Ales and Conqueyrac in the southern Gard region. The other seven have to share one among them all.

Together the zones of high pressure, combined with the cooler low pressure zone offshore, will steer a so-called "Spanish plume" over mainland Europe and United Kingdom.

Meteorologists said hot winds from the Sahara Desert will continue to bring the scorching weather to Europe during the rest of the week. The result is excessive heat and severe thunderstorms at times in some places.

Tomorrow Rome is also expected to reach 38C, Toulouse in France 40C and in northern Spain 42C is predicted for Zaragoza.

"So far this summer it's often been cool and it's often been raining", the BBC noted.

Swimming pools in Germany saw an increased number of visitors as heat wave intensified in the country.

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