Widespread #thunderstorms affected much of the UK during the early hours of Wednesday. It was then another #hot and #sunny day in central and eastern parts, although a bit fresher in the west pic.twitter.com/X1BsWGdhSO
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 24, 2019
The jet stream has carried hot air from northern Africa across western Europe which is shattering all-time record highs in numerous countries.
The second extreme heat wave this summer has set new maximums in Belgium at 38.9 C, the Netherlands at 39.2 C and Germany at 40.5 C.
Bordeaux, France reached 41.2 C on Tuesday which was its highest temperature ever.
Thanks to the urban heat island effect, major cities are more prone to hot weather than rural areas and don’t cool down that much overnight.
On Thursday, the UK Met Office believes Britain could smash its current historic high of 38.5 C recorded in Faversham in August 2003.