Europe heatwave: High temperatures engulfs the Continent

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Temperatures In Europe have risen to record levels on Monday.

Scorching heat and nonstop sunlight as people deal with what may have become a new era in environmental change — as the scale record high temperatures in Europe.

The UK

The UK saw continued hot weather in the south with temperatures no higher than 32C, but it was cooler and cloudier in northern areas.


On Tuesday, temperatures could peak at 34C in some parts before falling in the following days, the Met Office said

Heating France

Temperatures were expected to peak at around 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) in southern France on Monday, while the north is due to be hotter on Tuesday. On Saturday, they hit their highest levels since a 2003 heatwave killed thousands of mainly elderly people.

Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said people had to take proper care to cope with the heat and warned that everyone had to adapt.

“You need to drink a lot, but also to eat and take salt,” Buzyn said.

“We are probably going to adapt our warnings in the coming years, because this is something we haven´t been seeing until now.”

Spain and Portugal fires

In Spain, temperatures remained high, especially in the south-east where they were forecast to hit 40-42C.

They have also remained high at night: the town of Zorita in the south-west recorded a temperature of 35.1 C at midnight – the highest temperature in the country at that time, said the national weather office.

Firefighters have been gaining control of a wildfire in the south-western province of Huelva, across the border from the Algarve in Portugal where a major blaze was still burning in Monchique.

Portuguese firefighters continued to battle the flames even though the authorities had hoped to control the blaze by now.

But Jorge Botelho, chairman of the Faro-based civil protection commission, said he believed that with improving weather conditions, firefighters would rapidly get to grips with the blaze, adding that “95% of the fire’s perimeter” was under control.

The country’s weather service said that after reaching a peak at the weekend, temperatures were back below 45C and should continue to lower over the next few days.

Germany

Germany expects a fresh spike mid-week to around 39 C before temperatures ease, with official figures showing the average for April-July running 3.6 degrees higher than the 1961-1990 reference period.

Farmers continued to plead for help, with the president of Germany´s farmers´ association, Joachim Rukwied, saying a billion euros ($1.15 billion) in government aid may be necessary as crop failure rates hit 70 percent in some areas.

Britain saw continued hot weather in the south with a maximum of 32C but it was cooler and cloudier in the north.

Reports said the persistent lack of rain has hit the country´s more remote islands, such as Lundy in the Bristol Channel — with a population in the dozens — which is now reliant on bottled water from the mainland after local supplies ran dry.

Netherlands

The heatwave has hit the low-lying Netherlands hard like many other countries but no one thought it could be a threat to its world-famous system of dams and canals designed to keep the sea at bay.

River levels have fallen so low that seawater is seeping into waterways, and the Rijkswaterstaat, which manages the national water system, has been opening barrages inland to flush it out.

Scorching Scandinavia

Wildfires that have been raging across Sweden are abating, emergency services SOS Alarm said, adding that the blazes were down to eight on Monday.

The nation´s far north saw heavy rainfall on Monday, authorities said, after record heat in the Arctic Circle triggered drought and wildfires. Drought is persisting in many other areas of the country.

In neighboring Finland, a Helsinki supermarket opened its doors overnight Saturday to customers seeking refuge from the heat.

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