Published: Fri, June 28, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Europe sizzles as temperatures expected to hit all-time record high today

Europe sizzles as temperatures expected to hit all-time record high today

Catalan regional president Quim Torra warned that Friday was expected to be the "hottest day" of the heatwave "and the situation will be critical" in all of Catalonia.

The fire has already burnt through more than 5,500 hectares in north-western Spain.

Much of Europe is experiencing extreme heat.

Regional interior minister Miquel Buch told Catalan radio: "The difficulties are such that we can't talk about a fire that is under control or in the extinction phase, but rather that we're at a moment when the blaze is getting bigger".

A 17-year-old harvest worker has died from heat stroke in Spain, local authorities said, in the first known death related to the record heatwave now raging in Spain and large parts of Europe.

On Wednesday, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest temperatures for June.

French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said four administrative regions in the south had been placed on red alert, the highest crisis level, with 76 others on orange alert.

In the Italian city of Milan, a 72-year-old homeless man was found dead at the main train station after falling ill due to the heat wave, the local authorities said.

By mid-afternoon temperatures had reached 39C in Turin in Italy and 41C within the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

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There has been no coordinated shutdown of schools but some have closed in parts of France, while others advised parents to keep children at home.

In Paris, Lyon and Marseille, authorities have banned the most-polluting cars from the roads in recent days. On Wednesday, Coschen in Brandenburg peaked at 38.6C - a unique German legend for June.

Even in the high-altitude Alps, temperatures topped 30C in places.

Inspector Antonio Ramos, who is in charge of the firefighting operation, said that the goal for Friday is to reduce the intensity of the flames on the north side. Aspects of Austria recorded their native all-time top temperatures on Wednesday.

Temperatures have hovered 104 degrees in Catalonia this week.

While the United Kingdom will advantage a long way flung from the worst of the heat, components of the country - alongside side London - are expected to behold temperatures top 30C on Saturday.

A climatology institute in Potsdam, Germany, says Europe's five freshest summers since 1500 possess all been in the Twenty first Century.

Scientists are concerned that snappily warming linked to human use of fossil fuel has serious implications for the soundness of the planet's native climate.

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