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.
A rare June heatwave has blasted Europe with record breaking warm temperatures in numerous countries.
France recorded its highest temperature ever on Friday near the southern city of Montpellier at 45.9°C.
The hottest day of the year in the United Kingdom was Saturday when London Heathrow reached 34°C.
Meteorologists say hot air from the Sahara Desert is responsible for the extreme heat which has claimed several lives, shut down schools and led to water restrictions.
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest June temperatures ever.
Palm tree flourishing in the heat, SE Calgary, AB, 11 August 2018 (Dearing)
Calgary hit an all-time record high on Friday when the thermometer climbed to 36.5°C which eclipsed the previous record of 36.1°C set 85 years ago.
Environment Canada had issued heat warnings for more than 100 regions in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Besides the heat, smoke from forest fires have caused poor air quality throughout Western Canada.
A cold front lowered temperatures in Alberta to near seasonal values for the weekend but the heat lingered in the eastern Prairies.
A warm air mass from north Africa has caused temperatures to skyrocket into the 40s C throughout the Iberian Peninsula challenging all-time heat records in Europe.
Lisbon, Portugal set a new maximum for 04 August at 44°C and even overnight lows are barely falling below 30°C.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling wildfires in the Algarve region and in neighbouring Spain.
The water in some rivers has become so overheated that fish are dying on a mass scale.
Forecasters say the heat is moving east and will affect France and Germany over the next few days.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe is 48°C (118.4°F) set in Athens, Greece in July 1977.
Icy road on the Acadian Peninsula, 27 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
Canada had the eighth warmest period in 70 years of reporting weather in 2017, with temperatures averaging 1.4°C above normal.
From a list of 100 significant weather events across the country, Environment Canada picked the top 10 weather stories of the year:
1. Long and destructive summer wildfire season in British Columbia
2. Hot and dry summer in the West from Interior BC to Manitoba
3. Spring flooding in Quebec and Ontario
4. Cold and snowy winter in BC including Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island
5. More heavy rain and flooding in Southwestern Ontario during late August
6. Cool and wet summer in Central Canada
7. Heavy snow cripples Ontario and Quebec in mid-March
8. Record heat across Eastern Canada during September
9. Blizzards hit Newfoundland in March and April
10. Lengthy ice storm impacts New Brunswick in late January
Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)
Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.
Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.
Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.
This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.
Hot, humid weather made a comeback in Southern Ontario yesterday with humidex values soaring near 45 in some areas.
Environment Canada reported new heat records were set at Toronto Buttonville Airport hitting 35.0°C, Windsor at 34.6°C and Collingwood at 33.7°C.
The hotspot was Sarnia at an unseasonable 35.9°C (almost 97°F).
Some of that heat filtered into New Brunswick today – St. Stephen climbed to 28.5°C with a humidex of 37 and even Moncton reached 23°C with a humidex of 31.
Thermometer reading in Riverview, NB, 31 July 2012 (TWN)
Greater Moncton experienced its warmest day so far this summer when the temperature climbed to 31.6 C today – just shy of the record of 32.2 C from 1949.
But records were set in at least three other New Brunswick communities.
The hotspot was Kouchibouguac reaching 32.9 C with other new records set in Fredericton at 31.6 C and Bouctouche at 31.3 C.
Courtesy The Weather Network, 17 July 2012
Ontario baked in temperatures which rose into the high 30’s Celsius on Tuesday – the hottest weather of the summer to date.
New records were set in a number of cities including Windsor at 37.8 C (which is 100 F!) and Toronto at 36.8 C.
The high heat and humidity prompted Environment Canada to issue a humidex advisory for most of the region and an extreme heat alert was also in place in Toronto.
Tulips growing in Moncton, 21 March 2012 (TWN)
Temperature records across New Brunswick were not just broken today – they were smashed!
Environment Canada says the current “heat wave” has recorded the highest readings ever in March in many areas.
At least ten communities in the province broke record highs today including the Greater Moncton Airport at 25.3 C, smashing the old record of 16.7 C from 1976.
The hotpsot in New Brunswick was St. Stephen at 27.7 C, slightly below Canada’s highest reading at Petawawa, Ontario with 28.8 C.
The unbelievable March heat is expected to continue tomorrow when more records could fall.