Hell is coming’: Western Europe braces for unprecedented heatwave that could turn deadly

Countries including France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Portugal will experience a massive heatwave from Wednesday, with hot air coming from the Sahara Desert.

  • Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) this week.
  • The heatwave is expected to be so bad that one Spanish meteorologist tweeted: “Hell is coming.”
  • Some 15,000 people in France died when temperatures hit similar heights in August 2003. Officials in Paris have already put the city on high alert .
  • Scientists attribute it to global warming, and warn of more such heatwaves if countries don’t cut their greenhouse gas emissions soon.

Western Europe is bracing for an intense, dangerous, and possibly even deadly heatwave this week, with temperatures due to soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

It’s not clear when the heatwave will end.

Scientists have attributed the soaring temperatures to the combination of a storm over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central Europe, which is importing hot air from the Sahara Desert.

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