Temperatures have reached 44 degrees Celcius in parts of Europe over the last few days and France may reach its highest-ever recorded temperature on Friday, with temperatures expected to exceed 40C-45C.
France’s national weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert warning for four regions in the south and remainder of the country remains on orange alert.
The Italian Health Ministry said seven cities, including Florence, Rome, and Turin already were at Italy’s highest heat warning level on Thursday. On Friday, 16 cities will be under alerts for high temperatures.
Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa is responsible, caused by high pressure over central Europe and a storm stalling over the Atlantic.