European heatwave — in the charts – POLITICO

Southern Europe is already sizzling – and yet the heat wave in Europe is set to intensify in the coming days.

Low rainfall in early summer has already created drought conditions over large swaths of Portugal, Spain, Italy and central Europe. And this week, an area of ​​slow-moving high pressure brought scorching air from North Africa. This brought down temperature records in Spain and Portugal.

Lousã in central Portugal hit 46.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and firefighters were battling 26 wildfires across the country yesterday. Also in Spain, the country’s meteorological agency has issued a heat wave alert until at least Monday. The scorching heat has fueled fires in Spain and southwestern France. The largest fire in the Gironde department on the Atlantic coast has burned more than 1,000 hectares around the town of Landiras, south of Bordeaux. 500 residents had to be evacuated.

The intense heat is expected to move north and east over the weekend and into next week, engulfing northern France, the UK, Belgium and Germany. The UK Met Office has issued an unusual orange extreme heat warning for much of England and parts of Wales for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Climatologists predict that droughts will intensify in the future due to climate change.

With rising mercury and other temperature records set to drop next week, here’s the European heat wave in the charts:

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