ESA's Sentinel-3 records a heatwave in Europe (taken June 27, 2019)ESA/Flickr
Countries across Europe have seen their highest temperatures in recorded history this week.
A record could be broken in the UK today, while Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have already seen their highest temperatures on record.
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Heat records across Europe
As reported by the BBC, "extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented heat" could rise to a record-breaking 39°C in London and the surrounding area.
#Scorchio#recordbreaker The UK could see its hottest day on record on Thursday if the temperature passes 38.5C - it's not out of the question! pic.twitter.com/UE0qxWFx8K— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) July 24, 2019
This is part of an ongoing extreme heatwave that has already seen records tumble throughout the continent.
BREAKING: It is now 40.6°C in Paris, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the city.— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) July 25, 2019
The Guardian writes that Germany ’s national weather service, DWD, is in the process of confirming a new all-time national high record of 40.5°C set in the town of Geilenkirchen near the Dutch and Belgian borders.
(Voraussichtlich) neuer Temperaturrekord in Deutschland!
Mit 40,5°C wurde heute in Geilenkirchen der bisherige deutschlandweite Rekord von 40,3°C (Kitzingen, 5.7.2015) übertroffen!
Morgen wird es regional noch etwas heißer. Vielleicht hat dieser Rekord nur einen Tag Bestand. /V pic.twitter.com/oN1zJ8uVgk— DWD (@DWD_presse) July 24, 2019
In Belgium, the temperature in Kleine-Brogel hit 38.9°C on Wednesday — it's still climbing and has gone above 39.9°C.
The Dutch meteorological service, KNMI, recorded temperatures of 39.2°C at the Gilze-Rijen airbase near Breda on Wednesday afternoon, exceeding the 38.6°C record set in August 1944.
Extreme conditions linked to climate change
As per the Guardian, meteorological experts are warning that these rising temperatures are linked to climate change, and are only likely to increase in the coming years.
Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization, said that recent heatwaves bear the “hallmark of climate change.”
The extreme conditions are “becoming more frequent, they’re starting earlier, and they’re becoming more intense,” she said.
“It’s not a problem that’s going to go away.”
Meanwhile, a study published this year by researchers at ETH Zurich claims that last summer's heatwave would have been "statistically impossible" were it not for climate change.