Cooling off in Paris near Eiffel Tower, 25 July 2019 (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
The second summer heat wave gripping Europe peaked on Thursday with new all-time record highs set in several countries.
Paris climbed to a stifling 42.6 C breaking the French capital’s previous record high of 40.4 C from July 1947.
The temperature climbed above 40 C in the Netherlands at Gilzen-Rijen for the first time ever when it reached 40.7 C and Lingen, Germany set a new country record of 42.6 C.
Records were also set in Belgium (41.8 C) and Luxembourg (40.8 C).
The UK Met Office is verifying whether a high of 38.7 C at Cambridge is the warmest temperature ever for the United Kingdom.
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.
The United Kingdom has been getting its fair share of fine weather this spring and the Easter weekend was no exception.
London’s Heathrow Airport climbed to a record breaking 24.6°C.
Never before has the temperature climbed above 20 C during the winter in the United Kingdom – until this week.
The record U.K. temperature for February has actually been broken twice over the past few days.
On social media, users were posting photos of a snowy wonderland at the same time last year compared to spring-like scenes this year.
France has also been exceptionally warm with a record high of 19 C in Paris and a scorching maximum of 28 C in the southwestern part of the country.
Meantime, the high in London today is cooler at 14 C which is still about four degrees above average for late February.
Snow falling in southern Scotland, UK, 15 Dec 2018 (D.Cheskin/PA)
So-called Storm Deirdre put a damper on holiday shopping this weekend just days before Christmas as strong winds, freezing rain, rain and snow turned many roads into ice rinks across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weather warnings covered most regions except for Greater London and southeast England which saw mostly rain.
Hurricane force winds gusted up to 120 km/h in the Scottish Highlands where up to 50 cm of snow fell.
Police responded to numerous highway collisions related to the icy conditions.
Forecast highs in the UK for 27 July 2018 (Met Office)
The British, like Canadians, often give names to extreme weather events and ‘Furnace Friday’ is a fine example.
Meteorologists were expecting the all-time heat record of 38.5 C from 2003 would fall yesterday but thunderstorms rolled through and cooled things down.
Nevertheless, the UK Met Office reports a maximum of 34.7 C at Tibenham Airfield, Norfolk while it reached 35.3 C in Faversham, Kent – the hottest high of 2018 so far.
The heat wave has turned grass brown, triggered water restrictions, disrupted rail services and prompted a warning from officials to stay out of the sun.
Snow covered highway near Okehampton, Devon, UK, 19 March 2018 (Keene/PA)
A blast of cold Siberian air – dubbed “Beast from the East 2.0” – has invaded the United Kingdom bringing heavy snow and icy conditions for the second time this month.
More than 10 cm snow fell in southwest England where a 100 km stretch of the A30 Highway was shut down forcing travellers to seek emergency shelter at a school in Okehampton.
Devon and Cornwall Police warned drivers to stay off the highways until snowplows cleared them and hundreds of schools were closed today.
Forecasters are watching for another wintry cold snap which could affect the UK during Easter weekend.
Vehicle stranded in snow on Highway A1, Peterborough, UK, 27 Feb 2018 (Giddens/PA)
The Siberian weather system dubbed “Beast from the East” bringing snow and strong winds is wreaking havoc in the United Kingdom and Ireland disrupting the transportation network.
Up to 50 cm of snow could fall in northern England and Scotland and temperatures could drop to as low as -15 C.
Schools have been closed and authorities have been busy responding to numerous highway crashes as drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.
The UK Met Office anticipates this will be the coldest week of the winter season.
Drivers deal with snow in Worcester, England, UK, 12 Dec 2017 (Sky News)
An Arctic chill lowered temperatures to -13 C in Shawbury near Manchester which was the lowest in the United Kingdom since -14 C in Braemar, Scotland in February 2016.
The cold comes after heavy snow fell with as much as 30 cm in parts of Wales knocking out power to tens of thousands.
Snow also fell in London where cancellations were reported at Heathrow Airport as plows cleared runways.
Snow and ice also delayed train schedules and created slick road conditions across the country.
Schools and businesses closed in Ireland when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia brought destructive winds up to 160 km/h which downed trees and power lines creating widespread power outages.
Flights, ferries and even buses were cancelled and at least three deaths are attributed to the storm which officials say is the worst to hit Ireland in 50 years.
Strong winds also caused disruptions in Scotland and northern England where rail services were halted after fallen trees blocked lines.
Ophelia formed in the eastern Atlantic on 11 October and became a Category 3 hurricane three days later.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia was the furthest east ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane.