(WP) – A vast and intense heatwave is underway in Europe as an unusually strong area of high pressure, also known as a ‘‘heat dome,’’ tightens its grip across much of the continent. This event is similar in its causes, but in many ways more intense than the heatwave that enveloped much of Europe in late June and early July. Since peak summer temperatures typically occur in mid-July, it’s difficult to set all-time records during this time. But such records are falling, which demonstrates the historical magnitude of


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this extreme weather event. Already on Tuesday, some all-time high-temperature records had fallen across France. In Bourdeaux, for example, the high reached at least 106.2 degrees (41.2 Celsius) Tuesday, breaking the all-time record for that location by nearly a full degree, according to Meteo France meteorologist Etienne Kapikian. Bourdeaux also set an all-time highest minimum temperature Tuesday, Meteo France reported. READ MORE

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