Next week Europeans will face sweltering heat with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe, according to forecasters.
A wave of hot air coming from the Maghreb in North Africa and Spain will raise temperatures, hitting a peak around mid-week from Great Britain to Belgium to Greece, AFP has reported.
Spain's meteorological agency (Aemet) has announced a "yellow alert" for acutely bad weather for Sunday, June 23rd, expecting the country to see a "hotter than usual" summer, just like last year.
Furthermore, Germany is expected to witness temperatures up to 37 degrees C on Tuesday, June 25th, and 38 C on Wednesday, June 26th, with similar hot weather also expected in Belgium and Switzerland.
The British Met Office said it was particularly concerned that the heatwave could provoke "violent storms," warning Britons to expect "hot, humid and unstable" weather.
With a heatwave with temperatures hitting 39 degrees C at the weekend, Greece will be one of the countries most affected.
France will also see temperatures from 35 to 40 degrees C, starting on Tuesday, June 25th, forecasters predicted.
In the summer of 2003, France suffered an intense heatwave that caused the deaths of nearly 15,000, mostly elderly, people.
According to meteorologists, this latest intense heatwave again shows the impact of global warming on the planet, and such intense weather conditions are likely to become more frequent.