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Europe Faces Heat Wave Through Weekend, Temperatures Reach Triple Digits

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 6/25/2019 Alexa Lardieri
a large body of water: Children cool off in the fountain of the Trocadero, in Paris, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. © (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Children cool off in the fountain of the Trocadero, in Paris, Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Much of Europe will face a heat wave this week as temperatures soar into the triple digits across the continent.

A storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central and eastern Europe will pull very hot air from Africa northward across Europe, according to AccuWeather. Cities including Madrid, Paris and Berlin as well as other cities in Germany and in Belgium are bracing for several days of temperatures above 90 degrees.

The hottest days are expected Wednesday and Thursday, when temperatures will surpass triple digits. According to AccuWeather, the combination of heat, humidity and a strong June sun will make it feel even hotter. Madrid, Milan, Prague, Munich and Zurich are expected to experience their hottest temperatures of the year.

The heat wave began Sunday over Spain, where temperatures reached 94 degrees. They climbed as the weather system spread to France on Monday. Tuesday temperatures will reach triple digits in some cities, which will persist through the weekend.

The French Ministry of Solidarity and Health called the heat wave "exceptional in its intensity," warning cities across the country to expect long days of sweltering weather with short nights that will not allow for temperatures to drop substantially. The country's weather service predicted temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

The ministry has implemented safety measures provided by the national heat wave plan, instructing employers to limit employee exposure to the heat and limit strenuous work. Additionally, it urged health care facilities to prepare to care for "the most fragile people," including the elderly and disabled, as well as children and infants.

The German meteorological service Deutscher Wetterdienst tweeted that the country is bracing for the hottest weather Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures climbing to about 99 degrees.

World Weather Online predicts that Madrid will hit a high of 106 degrees Friday, with temperatures in the triple digits through the weekend. Milan will see 102 degrees on Thursday, and temperatures will remain above 90 degrees for several days.

Italy's Ministry of Health issued Level 3 weather advisories for six cities for Thursday. The highest level, this indicates emergency weather conditions with possible adverse health effects for even those not deemed high-risk.

Nineteen cities have been issued at least a Level 2 warning, indicating weather conditions that may pose a health concern, especially for high-risk populations.

While the most extreme heat is expected to pass after the weekend, AccuWeather predicts that higher-than-normal temperatures could continue until the start of next month.

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