European heatwave could last weeks as heat will persist and intensify

The European heatwave which has seen temperatures sore past a scorching 40C in some parts of the world is set to "persist and intensify", experts have warned.

Grim weather under the anticyclone named Charon will see temperatures rising well above 45C in parts of Spain, Greece and Italy, which is under a red weather warning.

The continuing heatwave, which has stemmed from the Mediterranean region, is showing no signs of stopping and experts confirmed it was here to stay in the short-term.

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Instead, meteorologists say people should prepare for the worst as temperatures may go past the current European record of 48.8C, set in Sicily, Italy, in August 2021.

Ele Hands, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, warned the weather woes would "persist and slowly intensify" across the next week, particularly in the southeast of Europe.

The likes of Greece, Italy and southern Spain will bear the brunt of the startling heats, with the highest temperatures expected in Sicily.

Even then, the sizzling sun will persist further, with expert Hands warning the heats could continue on over the course of next week also, with hot weather predicted to continue into August.

Despite the continued heatwave, the real issue, Hands says, is when the heats persist overnight and see parts of the world basking in a 24-hour hot climate, Independent reported.

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Expert Hands says the overnight heat is "when you really get the health risks" and Met Office reports indicate overnight temperatures could rise to an uncomfortable 30C in some parts of Europe.

Robert Vautard, a climate scientist, said: "My worry is really health – the health of vulnerable people who live just below the rooftops of houses that are not prepared for such high temperatures. That could create a lot of deaths."

His worries were echoed by World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who says the climate crisis "is not a warning. It's happening."

Scientists have continually warned fossil fuel emissions would make heatwaves more frequent, and it would appear the current Charon storm is set to stick around a while longer.

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