Extreme European Heat Wave Sets Records: ‘Hell is Coming’

By Anna Breuer on 27 June 2019
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A heat wave in much of Europe is causing record temperatures in multiple countries.

“El infierno,” which translates to hell, “is coming,” a Spanish meteorologist said on Twitter.

France, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic logged record highs and the extreme heat is forecast to continue for the remainder of the week. Large swaths of western and central Europe have seen temperatures that neared or surpassed 100° F (37.8° C).

Germany recorded its highest-ever June temperature. The Deutsches Wetterdienst report that the mercury hit 101.5° F (38.6° C) in the town of Coschen, on the country’s border with Poland.

Météo France said that the region of Grospierres recorded 108° F (42.2° C) on Thursday, the highest ever temperature recorded in June. The previous recorded was 106° F (41.1° C) in June 2003.

France issued its first-ever “red” weather alert, a system put into place after the country saw scores of deaths in the 2003 heat wave.

Officials in Germany imposed speed limits on some sections of the country’s Autobahn system to prevent the road from buckling. In Austria, the Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, or Health Ministry, introduced a telephone hotline for citizens seeking information on how to deal with the heat.

Meanwhile, low temperatures at night have also set records, creating a dangerous situation in a region where many do not have air conditioning.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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