According to the World Meteorological Organization (SMO), the intense heat wave made his way from North Africa.
The UN agency explained that the low-pressure Atlantic system between the Azores and Madeira feeds the warm front, pushing it towards Western Europe.
10 degrees above normal
And although it is 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 hot jump follows the country the warmest and driest May in historyand the country’s national meteorological agency said it was the earliest heat wave since 1947.
In Spain, temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius – 104 degrees Fahrenheit – in parts of the interior on consecutive days this week, and in recent days it is still hotter in the province of Toledo.
To make things worse, The Spaniards also withstand a cloud of dust in the Saharacomplicating stress on health and the environment, the WMO said, noting that Portugal had registered its warmest May since 1931.
In Switzerland, where maximum temperatures were well above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), the National Meteorological Service has published findings showing that the temperature difference between cities and the countryside is up to six degrees Celsius.
Drought warnings are an additional concern in much of Western Europe, as no significant rainfall is forecast in Europe in the coming days, with the exception of isolated thunderstorms.
Large areas of Southeastern Central Europe to the northwestern Black Sea also suffer from droughtWMO said, adding that in the United States much of the western part of the country is facing a second or third consecutive year of drought, with fears of rising water stress turning to the summer season.
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