Europe’s heatwave known as ‘Lucifer’ continues to strain with freezing level way up at 17,000ft

The upper air pattern remains the same with the trough supplying cool and showery weather to the UK, while a downstream ridge keeps the blowtorch going across South and East Europe. The extreme heat remains relentless over southern Spain (44.7C in Cordoba yesterday), southern France (41C), Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy and the Balkans (42C) with widespread mid to upper 30s, low 40s.

RED ALERTS are in place across a large area due to the ongoing intense heat.

Sahara dust has been blowing off Africa and streaming across southern Spain, the Balearics, Italy and Balkans, another reminder of where this extreme air mass is coming from.

With an astonishing 33.6C minimum, temperatures by day have reached a record breaking 42.5C in Mallorca.

This air mass is exceptionally warm and deep with the freezing level all the way to 17,000ft above Milan, Italy.

Parts of SE France and Alpine Italy have witnessed their hottest August day.

The French Riviera resort of Montpellier recorded a new all-time record.

The island of Corsica as well as parts of Croatia have witnessed new August records.


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