EUROPE is set for scorching temperatures this week residents of France and Spain prepare for highs of 40C.
Experts have described the potentially record-breaking heatwave as “unprecedented”.
Beach-goers cool off and sunbathe on the beach of the seaside resort of Benidorm[/caption]
Majorca is set to be hit with a 38C scorcher this weekend[/caption]
Bathers crown on Levante Beach in Benidorm[/caption]
High pressure is coming from the Atlantic to cover the region, drawing up hot air from northern Africa and Spain, raising temperatures.
In Spain, weather agency Aemet is predicting highs of at least 35C in large parts of the country, and above 40C in the centre, plus 42C in the valleys of Ebro, Tajo, Guadiana and Guadalquivir.
Holidaymakers in Mallorca or the Canary Islands can also expect temperatures of 35C.
Germany is also predicting temperatures in the mid-30s in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and other cities – with a forecast 38C for the capital by Thursday.
In France, highs of over 40C are predicted in some areas, with an “orange” warning in place, the second highest.
France is wary of a repeat of the intense heatwave of summer 2003, when nearly 15,000 died over a two-week period, most of them elderly.
We are expecting a heatwave that will affect many regions
Meteorologist François Gourand said: “We are expecting a heatwave that will affect many regions, more than half of France, of maximum intensity: the hottest day will be comparable to 2003, or not very far in any case.
“Since 1947, only the heatwave from June 18 to 28, 2005 had been so early.
“This expected episode looks much more intense, unprecedented in June.”
Metro-France is anticipating “at least six days of heat wave”.
Majorca is set to sizzle in a scorching 38C heatwave amid fears of record-breaking temperatures will trigger forest fires across Europe.
Spain will feel the first wave of “intense” heat before the high temperatures spread into France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Italy.
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Madrid will see the highest temperatures this week, where highs of 42C are expected to hit the capital on Friday and into the weekend.
Murcia and Seville are both bracing for a scorcher as temperatures of 39 are predicted for the end of the week.
Europe will fry in a “potentially dangerous” heatwave this week with temperatures tipped to top 41C (106F) as the continent is engulfed by a brutal African air plume.
Scorching swathes of heat are shown on a dramatic weather map which covers the whole of Britain and stretches all the way from Spain upwards to Norway.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Warm air from north Africa will bring an extensive heatwave to large parts of western and central Europe, with highs into the 40s in Germany and France.”
Benidorm’s temperature is set to soar to 33C while Malaga and Marbella’s temperatures will climb to 28C.
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The heatwave is the result of “a storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central and eastern Europe,” which will “pull very hot air from Africa northward across Europe,” Accuweather said.
“This will set the stage for a potentially dangerous heat wave to occur over a large portion of western and central Europe,” Accuweather experts added.
The unrelenting heatwave – which is tipped to shatter several heat records – could last until the start of July.
Mal Pas beach is set to sizzle in 33C this week[/caption]