Health warnings, countries across Europe preparing for extreme heat
Temperatures above 104 degrees are predicted for eastern and southeastern Europe later in the week, London meteorologist Matthew Dobson said. He added that France may share in the heat wave.
The summer's higher-than-normal temperatures were a factor in last month's wildfires in Portugal, France and Spain - with hot air and dry soil forming a continuous feedback loop.
Italy is dealing with its worst drought in 60 years, and cities across the country have rationed water and banned use of drinking and decorative fountains.
A similar drought in Spain is threatening olive and grape harvests.
July was 3.6 degrees hotter than average in central, eastern and southern Europe, Dobson said, while Scandinavia was two degrees colder than average. ■