Europe Set For Heatwave And Record 40 Degree Temperatures
If you think this week has been hot, hold onto your sun hats. BBC Weather reporter Susan Powell says that heat wave records are about to be broken across Europe. So whether you're in Paris, Madrid or London, prepare to fry. Before you dust off your mankini though, the BBC reporter has warned that heavy thunderstorms could come before the sunshine arrives this weeknd, so you've got two extremes to prepare for.
Susan said: "In terms of the weather across Europe it is all about the heat through the week ahead, and particularly for western Europe where high pressure will start to build and eventually will tap into air all the way from northern Africa, bringing heat all the way up into the UK and Scandinavia.
"We have still got frontal systems grazing into the west currently, some heavy thundery rain out of those as the warm air starts to engage with them. Still some heavy thunderstorms possibly further east as well, with a particular target, it looks like in Romania on Tuesday."
"Sunshine for Cyrus, 40C in Nicosia across much of Greece and Turkey too. Some stray showers, across the Balkans.
"A little cooler across Portugal with the remnants of a frontal system bringing some cloud into the north. Some isolated thunderstorms spreading into the west of France, some for the UK, some heavy thundery rain for Scandinavia. But, just look at those temperatures building across the core of Europe."
She then moves onto covering Wednesday, where the heat doesn't let up. Good luck France.
She said: "As we increasingly pick up that southerly flow, and the highs hold the cloud and rainfall at bay towards the west, the temperatures will climb.
"Potentially record-breaking heat for the likes of parts of France, by the time we get to the end of the week."
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She then set her sights upon London.
"Certainly a lot of sunshine under that high across the western half of Europe, temperatures up to 30C, even as far north as London.
"Further east a lot of sunshine as well and it does look like we will see that rain moving away from Bucharest."
Look at all that orange. That can't be good can it?
Temperatures are supposed to reach 40C in Madrid on Friday and Saturday as well as high of 39C in Bordeaux on Wednesday.
Now I don't want to sound like your parents, but sunburn is no joke. Not only can overexposure to UV rays cause cancer, but they can give you wrinkles too - so buy some sun cream.
Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond warned: "The sunshine will be hazy, but cloud doesn't mean people won't burn - UV levels will be high, so people should take precautions".
Or hit the beer garden. Your choice.