Heatwave grips France, UK, Spain as temperatures rise

‘Surprise’ early heatwave in Europe, harbinger of things to come

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the intense heatwave made its way from North Africa.

The UN agency explained that an Atlantic low-pressure system between the Azores and Madeira is fuelling the warm front, pushing it towards western Europe.

And although it’s only mid-June, temperatures in some parts of Spain and France, temperatures are – on average – more than 10 degrees Celsius (or 50 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for this time of year.

In France, the heat spike follows the country’s warmest and driest May on record, and the country’s national weather agency said that it is the earliest heatwave since 1947.

In Spain, temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius – 104 Fahrenheit – in parts of the country’s interior on consecutive days this week, and it’s been hotter still in Toledo province in recent days…READ ON

Heatwave grips France, UK, Spain as temperatures rise

A punishing heatwave has broken a string of records in France and the UK, as parts of Italy suffer drought and Spain battles to contain forest fires that have forced hundreds from their homes.

A temperature display at a French pharmacy shows 45.5C (114F) in Toulouse, southwestern France, on June 16, 2022. France is is experiencing its earliest recorded heatwave [Lionel Bonaventure/AFP]

The heatwave that began earlier in the week intensified on Friday, bringing temperatures from London to Madrid to new highs, according to national weather services…READ ON

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