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New heatwave warning: Dangerous 40C to hit European cities

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 24, 2019
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Weather   Since 1947, only the heatwave from June 18 to 28, 2005 had been so early

Mainland Europe is bracing itself for scorching temperatures this week, with the mercury tipped to reach 40C.

Meteo-France, the French national meteorological service, is predicting temperatures of up to 40C during the day and 25C at night - comparable with the deadly heatwave of 16 years ago.

Meteorologist François Gourand told reporters: "We are expecting a heatwave that will affect many regions, more than half of France, of maximum intensity: the hottest day will be comparable to 2003, or not very far in any case.

"Since 1947, only the heatwave from June 18 to 28, 2005 had been so early. This expected episode looks much more intense, unprecedented in June."

Gourand said France could expect temperatures of between 35 and 40C from Tuesday.

He added: “This very hot weather could persist until the next weekend including the eastern half."


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