Hot air remains in place over much of central and eastern Europe, but a storm system currently over France will bring a break from the heat as it moves west to east.
Sizzling heat continues from Italy eastward into Greece and north into Ukraine as some areas record the hottest temperatures of the year.
In Sandanski, Bulgaria, which normally has high temperatures around 90 F (32 C) degrees, the high climbed to 101 F (38 C) degrees on Sunday, and this warmth continued the past several days with highs reaching the upper 90s to lower 100s (35-39 C).
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Helsinki, Finland, also had plenty of heat, too. The high climbed to 81 F (27 C) degrees in the city on Sunday, where the normal high is only 69 F (21 C) degrees. The temperature remained unseasonably warm all this week as temperatures reached the upper 70s F (25-27 C) each day.
The core of the heat remained over Italy, the Balkans, Hungary and Romania from Monday through Thursday as daily highs soared into the 90s F (33-37 C) and even reached the lower 100s F (38-39 C) in a few locations.
Some relief reached Germany on Wednesday as the storm to the west kept temperatures mainly in the 70s and lower 80s (25-28 C). This relief will push into areas from northern Italy to Poland on Friday before reaching eastern Europe over the weekend.
While this kind of heat is not uncommon, it does not often occur with such a long duration. In much of Europe, air conditioning is much less common and can lead to health problems, especially with the warm temperatures at night not allowing homes to cool down.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert and updated by Meteorologist Eric Leister
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