A layer of hot air extending from the Mediterranean to the North Sea is feeding much of the west Europe The first heatwave of the summer, with temperatures forecast to top 30 degrees Celsius from Malaga to London on Friday.
Some areas are expected to see the mercury cross 40C.
Germany’s national weather service DWD predicts that the big sweat will continue into the weekend, as the heat moves eastward into central and eastern Europe.
The heat followed by an unusually dry spring led authorities to order water distribution in northern Italy and parts of France.
Experts say that climate change has been influencing precipitation patterns and evaporation rates across the region, with direct impacts on agriculture, industry and wildlife.
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