European heatwave warning: ‘Severe’ 44C Spanish plume to take hold – heat nears UK

BBC Weather forecasts temperatures to soar across Europe

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WxCHARTS shared a map on Twitter showing sizzling highs of 44C in Seville, on Sunday, July 11. Elsewhere, Malaga and Valencia were shown to have 40C on the same day, while Murcia is set for 36C. The map was accompanied by a caption that said: “A severe heatwave is on the cards for Iberia from late this week.

“ECMWF already hinting at temperatures in the mid-40s Celsius. How high could we go?

“The Spanish temperature record is 47.3°C from 2017.”

The latest heat maps from Netweather showed Europe turning red hot as the heatwave takes hold at the weekend.

The red shades are seen sweeping up near the UK, with southeastern regions, including Essex and Norwich, getting a blast of 21C on the same day.

Further north, Doncaster in Yorkshire, could be hit with 22C on Sunday too.

Meanwhile, BBC Weather meteorologist Chris Fakes also predicted Europe to be blasted by temperatures in the 40C over the coming days.

Mr Fawkes said: “We have got a weather front sweeping into the heart of Europe at the moment.

“This big stripe of cloud you can see stretching from Spain all the way to Norway and Sweden.

“To the east of this, we have got some very high temperatures for the moment widely across Eastern Europe.

“Some temperatures are running about 10 degrees above average.

“Top temperatures are into the high 30s even the low 40s in places as we go through Thursday.

“The hottest weather is across southern areas of Italy but also blisteringly hot across Hungary and parts of the Balkans as well.”

BBC Weather’s long-range forecast added high pressure from the Atlantic could see thermometers rise.

The forecast between Monday, July 12 and Sunday, July 18, said: “The Jet Stream, (a ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that drives weather systems) looks as though it will strengthen from North America as it comes across the Atlantic, helping to push new weather fronts into the UK.

“The main risk to the forecast is that high pressure in the Atlantic may build stronger into northern Europe than we expect.

“This would be a drier pattern for southern and eastern areas although wetter weather would still be possible in the west and north.

“Temperatures would also be a little warmer, rising above average more consistently, especially for southern areas.

“Our shorter-range computer models are showing good support for this, but they have had a tendency to overestimate the extent of high pressure in Europe recently, so caution is needed. There is perhaps a 30 percent chance of this pattern developing instead.”

The Met Office’s long-range forecast added the UK could see “very warm” conditions over the next week.

The forecast between Monday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 21, said: “We could see a continuation of showers and longer periods of rain going into next week, these potentially heavy and widespread.

“From mid-next week onwards, conditions could gradually become more settled with a good deal of dry weather, variable cloud and spells of sunshine, though this is still uncertain.

“For the remainder of this period, there is a greater chance of warmer and drier than average conditions overall.

“The occasional spell of rain and unsettled weather are still possible, particularly over northwestern areas. However, most of the UK could see fine and dry conditions with light showers at times.

“Temperatures are likely to be around average in the northwest and above average elsewhere, whilst south and southeastern areas could see conditions feeling very warm.”

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