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Heatwave forecast: Hellish 122F African desert air to bake Europe in week-long freak event

Daily Express - RECORD-BREAKING temperatures of up to 50C (122F) are expected to bake Europe as sizzling air from Africa sweeps in.

Plumes of scorching air from North Africa will begin to engulf large parts of Europe this weekend - in what is being described as a “catastrophic heatwave” by one meteorologist. The freak weather event is being charged by rare sirocco winds and will carry the sweltering conditions from the Sahara desert over southern Europe.

Italy is expected to experience the first blast of the brutal heat on Sunday before the area of high pressure spreads southeast towards Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Forecasters expect the mercury to smash through 40C (104F) this weekend before climbing up to 45C (113F) and even 50C (122F) by the end of next week.

The highest-ever temperature in Europe was recorded on July 10, 1977, when the mercury hit 48C (118F) in....READ MORE

The Daily Express is a daily national middle-market conservative tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. Published in London, it is the flagship of Express Newspapers, owned by publisher Reach plc. It was first published as a broadsheet in 1900 by Sir Arthur Pearson.



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