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Residents of the French capital are preparing to face rising temperatures to levels that may be the highest in the history of the city this week, with a new heat wave sweeping northern Europe.

On Monday, July 22, temperatures in Paris were over 30 degrees Celsius, but temperatures would rise more than 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday (25 July) and break the record high in 1947.

The high temperatures expected by observers are expected to last for a few days, north of France and parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

"These three countries are likely to record temperatures above 40 degrees for the first time," Francois Jopard, an air observer from Métapou France's office, told AFP.

The new heat wave comes less than a month after a heat wave swept through Europe at the end of June and increased interest in the problem of global warming.

"Heat wave that outweighs probability"

"The heat wave that exceeds the probability," the newspaper Le Parisien reported on Monday (July 22, 2019), stressing that the "second chapter" of the hot summer weather this year would damage crops such as potatoes and grapes.

"Thursday (July 25) is expected to be the hottest day in history," he added.

"Our expectations indicate that temperatures reach 41 or 42 degrees Celsius in Paris on Thursday, and there is a good chance to exceed the standard."

The highest temperature recorded in the capital Paris was 40.4 degrees Celsius in 1947. Since the start of temperature recording in 1873 this was the only time that recorded a temperature of more than 40 degrees in the French capital, according to Jopar. Other French cities may witness record temperatures, including Borouge, Lille and Clairman Ferrand, according to Joubar.

On the other hand, Britain will also experience high temperatures, but will remain lower than other countries on the continent.

Observers expect to break the record of 36.7 degrees Celsius in July, which was recorded on July 1, 2015 at Heathrow Airport in London.

Germany has many forest fires and droughts, while farmers fear another bad crop season after crop declines last year due to unusually high summer temperatures.

The French government has warned that wine production will fall by 6 to 13 percent over 2018, mainly due to the continuing heat wave.

The massive fire that swept through the mountainous Castello Branco region in central Portugal has been brought to a standstill and has caused dozens of injuries, "at 90 percent," the fire department said yesterday, warning that strong winds could cause the flames to spread.

Also .. in the United States

The heat wave in northern Europe comes as the United States also suffers from a high temperature rise. This led to the cancellation of the triathlon race in New York City, which was scheduled for Sunday (21 July) for the first time since its inception in 2001.

Scientists stress that man-made climate change leads to the prolongation and intensity of heat waves. They said a record high temperature in June was probably caused by global warming.

A study by the Swiss Federal Technology Institute said that without climate change, a heat wave lasting weeks in northern Europe in 2018 would have been impossible.

France experienced the highest temperature in its history on June 28, reaching 46 degrees Celsius in Ferrargh in Aero province.


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