European heatwave sets new June temperature records


Germany : A heatwave affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further after Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever June temperature on Wednesday.

Some countries, including France and Switzerland, expect temperatures above 40C (104F) on Thursday.

Meteorologists say exceptionally hot air drawn in from northern Africa is to blame for the European heatwave.

French officials have issued stark warnings about the risk to life.

The heat is expected to rise further in many places over the next three days, meteorologists say.

In parts of north-eastern Spain, temperatures may reach 45C on Friday. Spanish officials have also warned of a “significant risk” of forest fires in some areas.