Europe is bracing for a second heat wave in less than a month.

  • Europe is bracing for another blistering heat wave next week, with temperatures set to reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.
  • "We could be looking at another round of extreme European heat next week," one weather forecaster tweeted.
  • The heat wave is less than a month after record-breaking heat saw temperatures reach as high as 46 C in France.
  • Europe's coming heat wave coincides with scorching temperatures in the United States.
  • Visit Business Insider for more stories.


Europe is bracing for another blistering heat wave next week, under a month after another weather system brought record-breaking temperatures to much of the continent.

According to forecasts from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Europe could see temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees Celsius in some areas on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Some areas could be as much as 12 C hotter than usual for this time of year.

France's forecasting service, Meteo France, warned that temperatures in central regions of the country could hit highs of 41 C.

Read more: Europe's June heat wave was so intense that a weather map of France looked like a screaming heat skull of death

A map tweeted by Wx Charts, which provides global weather forecast charts shows Europe blanketed by a huge dark red spot, indicating that temperatures will be well above normal levels.

"We could be looking at another round of extreme European heat next week. One to watch for now, but the signal is there," Wx Charts tweeted on Tuesday.

"Latest ECMWF going for potentially more record breaking heat in Western Europe next week," Wx Charts tweeted on Wednesday alongside the map showing the potential heatwave.

It is not just continental Europe set to suffer, with the United Kingdom also looking likely to face temperatures above 34 C.

"Intense heat will surge north from Spain for a time next week ... sweaty highs in the 30s looks likely on Tuesday and Wednesday over parts of England and Wales," weather service MetDesk tweeted. The UK's temperatures will likely drop as the week progresses, it added.

News of an incoming heat wave comes just one day after France's weather service, Meteo France, revised higher the peak temperature experienced in the country during the record-breaking hot weather in late June.

Meteo France said that a temperature of 46 C was recorded near the town of Vérargues, around 30 kilometres from Montpellier on the country's south coast.

"A maximum temperature value of 46 degrees Celsius was recorded at Vérargues, less than 10 km from the Gallargues-le-Montueux station," Meteo France said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Read more: 'Hell is coming': Western Europe battles unprecedented heat wave as France records its highest temperature in history

During the late June heatwave massive wildfires broke out in Spain, forcing residents to evacuate and killing hundreds of farm animals, The Guardian reported.

Globally, the month of June was the hottest June ever recorded, with some warning that July will be even hotter, and one meteorologist suggesting it may be the hottest month in recorded history.

Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University Michael Mann responded to news of June's record-breaking heat and tweeted that the changes documented are "significant."

Europe's coming heat wave coincides with scorching temperatures in the United States. The US National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings and watches for over 147 million people across large swaths of the country through Sunday evening.

Read more: The dangerous heat wave sweeping the US isn't just high temperatures. Heat index is all about how you sweat.

High temperatures in the US are likely to be exacerbated by high humidity, making it more difficult to cool off.

Receive a single WhatsApp every morning with all our latest news: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa: