Dangerous Heat Targets London, Paris and Brussels; Germany and Poland Up Next
By By Adam Douty, AccuWeather Meteorologist
July 02, 2015, 9:48:45 PM EDT
While extreme heat baked parts of Portugal and Spain early in the week, hot conditions will continue to expand across Europe this week. Many locations from France and England into Germany and Poland may experience their hottest conditions of the summer.
Temperatures continue to reach dangerous levels across much of western Europe while spreading into central Europe as a ridge in the jet stream builds overhead. This will help to transport the hot air farther to the north and east.
The hottest day during this stretch of dangerous heat occurred on Wednesday in many areas from France to England, while the worst of the heat will hold off until later in the week in Germany and Poland.
Temperatures will rise in Eastern Europe as well by early next week, but the extreme heat will not advance that far to the east.
In Paris, temperatures climbed rapidly Wednesday morning leading to a high temperature of 39 C (102 F) before day's end. Paris has not had temperatures this high in more than a decade. The last time the temperature hit 38 C (100 F) was in August of 2012 at the Orly International Airport. This was also the last time temperatures soared above 35 C (95 F).
Warmth also surged to the north into England. Temperatures in London soared to around 36.7 C (98.1 F) on Wednesday, setting a new all-time July high temperature record in the UK. This is also the highest temperature since the heat wave of 2003.
High temperatures this time of year typically are closer to 21 C (70 F). In fact, the low temperature in London on Wednesday night will be much closer to the normal high temperature.
The hot days combined with warm nights that are expected to prevail into this weekend will create dangerous conditions for those that are unable to escape the heat. People should make sure to stay hydrated and check on the elderly during this surge of heat.
The 2015 Wimbledon Championships began this week in London. Only one of the 20 competition courts has a retractable roof. As a result, fans and athletes will have to deal with the oppressive temperatures.
Brussels and Amsterdam will also have to deal with extreme heat from Wednesday into this weekend. High temperatures will exceed 32 C (90 F) for several days during this stretch of time.
While there will be a slight reprieve from the hot conditions across England on Thursday, it will still be much warmer than normal. Temperatures will then surge higher from Friday into Saturday, though not as extreme as Wednesday.
Farther south and east, the heat will remain entrenched across Netherlands, Belgium and France through Saturday.
The heat began to spread into western Germany on Wednesday, and this heat will expand and build across Germany and Poland as the week progresses.
The hottest days in Berlin are expected to be Saturday and Sunday when the temperature will approach 35 C (95 F). Meanwhile, Warsaw is expected to reach a temperature of 32 degrees each day from Sunday through Tuesday.
Overall, the weather pattern across much of Europe will feature warmer-than-normal temperatures though the middle of July with only a few brief breaks from the warmth.
Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.
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