European heatwave: Temperature may pass highest on record in France

European heatwave: Temperature may pass highest on record in France

Spanish firefighters struggled to douse wildfires across more than 6,500 hectares in the northeastern region of Catalonia, and said the affected area could increase as much as fivefold because of the fierce heat and winds.

Officials say cooler overnight temperatures allowed crews to slow the fire's advance, but authorities say it is the region's worst fire in two decades and 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of hilly terrain are at risk.

Temperatures in France hit a record high on Friday, as Europe swelters in a heatwave blamed for several deaths, including a 17-year-old farm worker in Spain.

On Friday, it was reported that France had recorded its highest ever temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius.

"When summer temperatures are routinely in the 70s, like in northern Europe or the West Coast of the USA, many places do not have air conditioning", CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller explained.

Meteorologists across Europe have warned that this "hot episode" could now extend into early next week. On Friday, 16 cities will be under alerts for high temperatures.

What is happening in Catalonia?

Officials said that within the intense warmth the home of the fire might well even delay to 20,000ha.

Buch says authorities suspect the cause of the outbreak was a deposit of improperly stored manure.

On Thursday morning the physique of a 72-year-used homeless Romanian man used to be stumbled on attain Milan's central exclaim set.

Both deaths were heat stroke related.

Philip Trackfield, a British vacationer in Rome, told the BBC: "Final night on the Spanish steps it used to be 41C. Or not it is lively must you are making an strive to execute the full sights".

Predicted temperatures in France prompted weather service Météo France to raise the heatwave alert level from orange to red for the first time in the southern departments of Herault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone.

In Paris, fountains and sprinklers connected to hydrants were situation up.

About 4,000 schools closed because they couldn't ensure safe conditions but some stayed open as the only haven for some students.

Temperatures had been hiking in contemporary days. On Wednesday, Coschen in Brandenburg peaked at 38.6C - a new German record for June.

The record temperature was recorded in the southern town of Villevieille, close to Montpellier.

Even in the high-altitude Alps, temperatures topped 30C in places. Aspects of Austria recorded their native all-time top temperatures on Wednesday.

Temperatures in some parts of Spain are expected to soar past 43 degrees Celsius as other western European countries also wilt under the sweltering heat.

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