Heatwave Warnings Raised in Western EU

Meteorological services in different parts of Europe have raised advisories on a possible second hazardous heat wave of the year following the second-warmest June on record.

With little relief in sight, record-breaking temperatures were experienced this week in the United Kingdom (UK), Portugal, Spain, and France.

As scorching temperatures were expected to increase later this week for much of England and Wales, the UK’s Met Office has issued an “unusual” Amber Extreme Heat Warning for Sunday, July 17.

“Temperatures could be in excess of 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C within the warning area. These high temperatures could extend further into next week and an extension of the warning will be considered in the coming days,” the Met Office said in an advisory. 

The highest degree of heat alerts – “extreme” – was issued for 14 states in both nations in Portugal and Spain. 

On mainland of Spain, the heat wave was anticipated to last through at least the end of the week, according to a report released on Monday by Spain’s national weather agency AEMET. 

Through the remainder of the week, France will also be hot, with highs in the mid-30s. Eastern France, including Toulouse and Bordeaux, was under a heat alert.

According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service of Europe, daily maximum temperatures in Spain, France, and Italy climbed beyond 40 degrees Celsius. 


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