When you think of Europe, you mostly think of cold temperatures. But this summer, the continent is facing one of the worst heatwaves.
Sweltering temperatures have hit most of Europe and the United Kingdom on Tuesday reported temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius, its highest ever.
Extreme heatwave warnings were issued in France and record July temperatures were reported in the Netherlands.
In Paris, the thermometer crossed the 40 degree Celsius for just the third time this summer.
The record-breaking heat and dry weather have triggered wildfires across Europe. At least 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heatwave in Portugal and Spain so far, reported CNN.
Not just Europe: In summer 2022, multiple heatwaves around the world shattered temperature records and fueled wildfires. Heatwaves struck Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, in June and July 2022 as temperatures climbed above 40 degrees Celsius in places and broke many long-standing records, reported NASA.
On July 13, 2022, Earth satellites captured temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) due to extreme, record-breaking heatwaves across much of Europe, Africa, and Asia: https://t.co/tD6DmpXMyz pic.twitter.com/cb3P1F699Y— NASA (@NASA) July 18, 2022
Wildfires: Wildfires in France, Spain, Portugal, UK and Greece have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
Two people were killed by forest fires in Spain's north-western Zamora region and trains in the area were halted because of fire near the tracks. An elderly couple died while trying to escape fires in northern Portugal, reported BBC.
VIDEO: Residents of Wennington, in southern England, tell of how the police kicked down doors to rescue animals as fire spread rapidly, consuming houses and cars.— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 20, 2022
The fire, which started on grassland, is being tackled by around 100 firefighters pic.twitter.com/U0SdwDi1k5
Fire incidents are on a rise in the UK and other parts of Europe too due to the extreme heat.
Why is it so hot? Experts have blamed climate change for the soaring temperatures across the world, especially Europe, and have warned that worse is yet to come.