Blazing heat across central Europe is setting the stage for a severe weather event that will last through Wednesday night.
A cold front slicing into what is proving to be the hottest air mass so far this year is putting areas from eastern France to western Poland and northern Italy at risk for violent thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms, some severe, developed across western and northern France before spreading into Belgium, Netherlands and northwestern Germany on Monday.
The strongest thunderstorms produced damaging winds, hail and blinding downpours. According to the Associated Press, at least six people were killed during the storms on Monday, including three who were seeking shelter in a building when a tree fell onto it. Firefighters rescued six others from the damaged building.
From Tuesday into Tuesday night, another round of gusty thunderstorms lashed areas from northeastern France into eastern Belgium and Germany.
Regardless of the coverage area, it takes only one severe thunderstorm to cause damage to a home or community. Residents are also urged to remember to move indoors as soon as thunder is heard; you are then close enough to be struck by lightning.
Into Wednesday night, the corridor from eastern Germany and western Poland to northern Italy and southeastern France are at risk for severe thunderstorms.
The main threat from these storms will be torrential rainfall, damaging winds and hail. The storms are expected to weaken as they move into eastern Poland later tonight.
Temperatures on Tuesday soared into the lower 30s C (86-92 F) from southern Germany into the Czech Republic and southern Poland.
On Wednesday, the heat was suppressed farther south as areas from Italy eastward into Hungary and western Romania reached the lower and middle 30s C (86-95 F).
Following the stormy weather, more seasonable temperatures are expected to return for the second half of the week.
Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to this story.
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