– On the way to Norway – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

A heatwave has swept across much of Europe this week, with temperatures over 40 degrees in some places.

The heatwave looks set to peak in southern Europe tomorrow, before moving north towards the UK this weekend.

During weekends the weather system can snow on the Norwegian coast.

– Now it looks like we’re getting the remnants of this heatwave as it moves to the northeast, said Meteorological Institute on duty meteorologist Martin Granerød.

Extreme heat is not expected in Norway, but temperatures could reach 30 degrees in southern Norway on Tuesday, meteorologists said.

Photo: Screenshot / Meteorological Institute

England brace for record heat

In England and Wales, people have flocked to the beaches in recent days.

In some places, temperatures are already approaching 35 degrees, not far from the record 38.7 degrees from 2019.

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Photo: Screenshot / Meet the Office

The hottest days are still waiting. The Meteorological Institute in the UK said there was a 20 per cent chance that Monday could show the hottest temperature in the country’s history.

The Institute had sent out a red hazard warning for heat, a warning that had only been useful twice before, according to BBC.

It has been observed that birds faint in the air due to heatstroke.

UK weather

England has had hot days. The heatwave is expected to peak over the weekend.

Photo: Ben Birchall / AP

The incoming heat is feared to hit critical infrastructure and cause life.

In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has activated extreme weather protocols to protect the most vulnerable residents. The protocol is usually only used when the weather is very cold.

– This heatwave can be dangerous for everyone, but for people living in harsh conditions there is a greater risk, Khan told Sky News.

UK weather

The mayor of London has activated protocols for extreme weather. Usually this protocol is useful when the weather is very cold.

Photo: Alberto Pezzali / AP

Spain: Longest heatwave ever measured

Further south in Europe, temperatures have passed more than 40 degrees in the shade in several countries in recent days. The heatwave is the continent’s second in less than a month.

In Spain, almost the entire country is exposed to heat, something that is very unusual.

Spain Heatwave

A dog in Andalusia tries to quench his thirst. Spanish meteorologists say this is the longest heatwave they have ever measured.

Photo: Paul White / AP

Spanish meteorologists sounded the alarm about extreme heat in 16 of the country’s 17 regions. Only the Canary Islands are beyond warning of danger.

– In Spain, a red hazard warning has been sent and temperatures are forecast to reach 44 degrees in some places, said meteorologist Granerød.

Spanish meteorologists have not observed such a long heatwave since they began making such statistics in 1975, writes NTB.

Spain Heatwave

Firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire outside Madrid. Spain is experiencing its second heatwave in less than a month.

Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP

Hundreds of forest fires

Heat is expected to peak in France and Spain on Thursday.

France has banned fireworks on National Day in a bid to reduce the number of wildfires in the country.

With heat, drought and strong winds, hundreds of wildfires have occurred in Portugal, Spain and France. In France, more than 6,500 people have been evacuated from the municipality of Landira south of Bordeaux.

French Forest Fire

More than 800 firefighters are battling wildfires in the Gironde region of southwestern France.

Photo: AP

In Portugal, more than 600 people have been evacuated and 120 are in medical care, the AP news agency said. 2,300 firefighters carry out firefighting work.

In Portugal, 80 percent of the mainland is at high risk, according to the country’s Meteorological Institute.

Firefighters witness forest fires in Ourem

Firefighters extinguish a forest fire in Santarem north of Lisbon. In Portugal, 80 percent of the land is at high risk of forest fires.

Photo: RODRIGO ANTUNES / Reuters

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