The hottest air so far this year is set to bake central Europe into Wednesday and allow severe thunderstorms to ignite.
After being held to the upper teens C (around 65 F) on Thursday, temperatures in Paris and Berlin climbed to 28 degrees C (82 F) and 30 degrees C (86 F) on Saturday. Berlin followed up with temperatures approaching 34 C (93 F) on Sunday.
Prior to this string of warm days, May 22 held the distinction as the year's warmest day in Berlin with a high of 30.3 C (87 F).
The core of the heat was felt across eastern France and southern Germany on Monday. Temperatures rose to 37 C (99 F) in Saint Etienne, France while Lahr, Germany climbed to 36 C (97 F) during the late afternoon.
For the majority of central and southern Europe, the warmth will continue through Wednesday.
"The strong ridge of high pressure will help pump some of the warmest weather so far this year into central Europe through the middle of the week," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
The highest temperatures of the year are expected in Berlin and Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Zurich, Switzerland; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; and Budapest, Hungary. The same can even be said southward to Turin and Rome, Italy.
Sagliani continued for comparison, "Normal [high] temperatures in Paris and Berlin are around 21 C (70 F)."
The surge of heat will also be accompanied by an increase in humidity, which will create even higher and more uncomfortable AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.
During the impending heat, residents are urged to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous activities during the midday and afternoon hours. If fans or air conditioners are not available, you can beat the heat by spending the day in cooler basements or public buildings such as malls.
Be sure to check on the elderly, children and pets to make sure they stay safe during the heat.
The combination of the heat and humidity will also set the stage for severe and potentially damaging thunderstorms to erupt.
Meteorologists Eric Leister and Alan Reppert contributed to this story.
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