Hundreds of locations across Europe smashed all-time hot weather records by an impressive margin on Thursday with many locations beating records placed the day before on Wednesday.
For the first time in the Netherlands, a temperature above 40 deg C was measured.
Gilze-Rijen, the mercury rose to 40.4 deg C, (105 deg F) breaking the all-time record which was set the day before at 39.8 deg C. (104 deg F)
In my back yard, I measured an unofficial temperature of 41.4 in the shade, see photo above.
According to the Weather Channel, in Germany, at least 139 locations saw all-time highs, representing a large chunk of the nation’s 400-plus observing sites.
In France, at least 70 locations recorded all-time highs on Thursday, as compiled by international weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera.
Yesterday as temperatures in parts of Franc hit 42 deg C, (107 deg F) the iconic Tour De France was postponed due to snow, hailstorm and a mudslide in the French Alps.
The hot air that smashed European weather records this week looks set to move towards Greenland and could cause record melting of the world’s second-largest ice sheet, the United Nations said on Friday.
Clare Nullis, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, said the hot air moving up from North Africa had not merely broken European temperature records on Thursday but surpassed them by 2, 3 or 4 degrees Celsius, which she described as “absolutely incredible”.