Scorching EU Heatwave Creeps North

Western Europe braced for even higher temperatures on Tuesday as ferocious heatwave heads north, with the United Kingdom experiencing the highest temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius and extreme heat warnings over France and northern Spain at 43 degrees Celsius.

According to reports, thousands of people flee their homes in France, Portugal, Spain, and Greece due to deadly wildfires.

Earlier, wildfires forced more than 30,000 people and a zoo with about 1000 animals to evacuate.

Meanwhile, the Met Office in the United Kingdom said it recorded 40.2 degrees Celsius at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, and forecasters warned temperatures were still climbing in many places with extreme heat covering central, northern, and south-east England.

On Monday, the Netherlands recorded its hottest day at 33.6 degrees Celsius, but temperatures could rise to 39 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in some areas.

Forecasters also said the heatwave would hit 40 degrees Celsius in the far south of Belgium and western and southwestern Germany.

In Spain and Portugal, more than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the recent rise in temperatures, while Portugal is bracing for 47 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

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