The massive thermal dome over the Mediterranean will bring another long and intense heat to southern Europe this week. High temperatures are expected to spread to central Europe and continue until 22 August.
Southern Italy, especially Sicily, Malta and parts of the western part of the Balkan Peninsula, are already feeling the repercussions today.
On August 10, the heat will spread to Corsica and central Italy, and then to the Balkan Peninsula and almost all of Greece.
On August 11, the heat will spread further east and north, to Spain and France, and on August 12, to Switzerland and Austria.
The worst will be in Spain from around August 13, as well as in northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary.
In the countries of Central Europe, the lowest temperatures will be observed around August 16 and will last until August 21.
The colder air will reach the UK, France and northern Spain around 17 August and spread to central Europe by 22 August.
Thermal dome is the term meteorologists use when a large area of high pressure is located over a large part of the continent and remains there for several days or even weeks. A simple explanation for a heat bubble is that it works like a lid on a saucepan. The large canopy traps very warm air at all levels below it, especially at the lowest altitudes.