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European countries set new June heat records

European countries set new June heat records

A heatwave affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further with countries - including France, Spain and Switzerland - expecting temperatures above 40C (104F) later on Thursday (Jun 27).

On Wednesday Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever temperatures for June.

Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa is responsible. The heat is expected to rise further in many countries over the next three days, meteorologists warn.

France’s meteorological agency, Meteo-France, tweeted that the country posted its hottest June day on record Wednesday, with an average high of 94.8 degrees (34.9 Celsius).

In Germany, a weather station in Berlin soared to 101.5 degrees (38.6 Celsius) Wednesday afternoon, becoming the hottest temperature recorded in the country during June.

Poland set its June temperature record, with a high of 100.8 degrees (38.2 Celsius) in Radzyn in the eastern part of the country. 

The Czech Republic also appears to have set a new June record with a temperature of 102 degrees (38.9 Celsius) in Doksany to the northwest of Prague.

It's not just daytime temperatures that have been exceptionally warm. Temperatures at night have also been record-setting, presenting a dangerous situation for those without access to air-conditioning and vulnerable groups such as older adults and the very young.

The low temperature in Nice, on the French Riviera, was 78.8 degrees (26 Celsius) Wednesday, the warmest ever recorded in June.

Those toasty lows act as a big launching point for daytime highs.

On Thursday, France could challenge its highest temperature ever recorded in June or any month. A record portion of the country is under alerts for heat. The highest modern temperature in June in France is 106.7 degrees (41.5 Celsius).

Parts of southern France are projected to reach 109.4 degrees (43 Celsius) Thursday or Friday, near the country’s national temperature record (for any month) of 111.4 degrees (44.1 Celsius).

- Source: News websites