Temperatures around Europe have seen as high as 42°C this week, but temperatures are expected to rise further, even potentially hitting record-breaking highs today.
Whilst many people in the UK have been struggling with the heat, it pales in comparison to certain parts of Europe. Greece and Turkey, for instance, have experienced widespread fires and are now expected to see record-breaking temperatures.
A region in Greece, Thessaly, is even expected to reach temperatures above 47°C, while other parts such as Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey are expected to see similar temperatures. Greece hasn’t seen such temperatures since 1977 when the official temperature in Athens reached 48°C.
As for present-day though, authorities are even warning residents to avoid direct sunlight during midday hours. Turkey has also been battling fires, with people being evacuated by boats to escape the danger.
Many consider the fires to be symptomatic of climate change, and the weather in the country has helped spread the flames. Turkey has seen 14% humidity and winds around 31mph fan the flames that have destroyed homes and killed eight people, as per Sky News.
Meanwhile, Russia and Ukraine have also sent planes to help tackle the blaze in Greece while Azerbaijan has sent hundreds of emergency responders to Turkey.
It is believed that cold air masses coming from the north should help reduce the temperatures in the impacted areas.