Europe Sizzles Through More Intense Heat

Nick Wiltgen
Published: July 29, 2013

Tourists visiting from Munich cool off in a fountain at Lustgarten Park on July 27, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Even as much of the central and eastern U.S. basks in unseasonably cool July weather, Europe has been baking in another heat wave, and a renewed surge of heat promises to add to the misery in the coming days.

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Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Sunday

Observed Temperatures Monday

Observed Temperatures Monday

Observed Temperatures Monday

Observed Temperatures Monday

Countless Europeans sought relief from the heat, and the results turned deadly in Poland. Polish news website reported as many as 19 deaths due to drowning on Sunday alone, as residents flocked to the rivers, lakes, and ponds to escape temperatures in the mid-90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius) across much of the country's interior.

The website also reported that 41 children were taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering from overheating and dehydration waiting in a broken-down bus in the village of Gostynie in central Poland.

Monday was equally brutal across inland areas of Poland. The nation's third-largest city, ?ód?, reached 99ºF (37ºC) by late afternoon, just five degrees shy of Poland's all-time national high set in 1921.

The situation was no more bearable in Italy, where Florence and Bologna both topped out at 100ºF (38ºC) Sunday. The Corriere della Sera newspaper reported 14 Italian cities had been placed under red alerts, the highest possible alarm, for dangerous levels of heat Sunday. This included areas as far north as Milan, where the mercury reached 95ºF (35ºC).

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Trains were slowed in Hungary and fifteen counties were put on red alert for extreme heat, according to Hungarian newspaper Népszabadság. The capital, Budapest, reached 99ºF (37ºC) Monday while the southern city of Szeged topped out at 100ºF (38ºC).

Farther south, electricity consumption approached record levels in Serbia as temperatures reached 100ºF Monday in the capital, Belgrade. Readings in adjacent Bosnia-Herzegovina reached as high as 104ºF (40ºC) in the city of Mostar.

More Heat Ahead

A renewed surge of heat is en route to Europe, starting in Spain and Portugal and spreading northward and eastward with time.

In major European capitals such as Paris and Madrid, the heat will be brutal by mid to late week, with Paris surging well into the 90s and much of interior Spain in triple digits.

Readings will also surge higher by the upcoming weekend in Italy, with both Florence and Bologna expected to push a few degrees past the century mark.

Even temperate northern countries will feel a taste of the heat, with readings in the 80s possible as far north as Stockholm, Sweden, by the weekend.

Severe Storms Expected

A potent cold front sweeping across Europe is bringing a brief reprieve from the heat before the next surge of warmth.

The front continues to be accompanied by violent thunderstorms. Hail larger than tennis balls was reported across parts of southern Germany on Sunday, just a day after large hailstones pummeled the northern German city of Hannover.

A waterspout came onshore Monday at Sanremo, Italy, tossing beach furniture through the air. Another tornado ripped through Trezzo sull'Adda, about 20 miles northeast of Milan. Several other possible tornadoes were reported in northern Italy.

National weather agencies from Italy to Poland posted red and orange alerts for severe thunderstorms Monday.

(MORE: Interactive Europe Radar)

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Associated Press

In this aerial view the Magdeburg, Germany, central park is flooded by the Elbe River, Sunday June 9, 2013. More than 20 people have been killed by a week of flooding in central Europe. (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Wolf)

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