While heat has already begun across Spain and Portugal over the weekend, hot conditions will spread across much other places across Europe this week. Many locations from France and England into Germany might see their hottest conditions of the summer.
Temperatures will gradually warm through the start of the week across the region as a ridge in the jet stream builds across western and central Europe. This will help to transport the hot air found across Spain and Portugal farther to the north and west.
The hottest day during this burst of heat is expected to occur on Wednesday in many areas from France to England, while the worst of the heat will hold off until later in the week in Germany. Eastern Europe will also see temperatures on the rise this week, but the extreme heat will not advance this far to the east.
Paris will see temperatures peak on Wednesday when a high temperature hear 38 C (100 F) is expected. Paris has not seen temperatures this hot in nearly three year. The last time the temperature hit 38 C (100 F) was in August of 2012 at the Orly International Airport. This was also the last time temperatures soared above 35 C (95 F).
Warmth will also surge to the north into England. Temperatures in London will soar into the lower 30s C (upper 80s F) on Wednesday. It is possible some parts of the city will hit 32C (90 F). High temperatures this time of year typically are closer to 21 C (70 F). In fact, the low temperature in London on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will not fall below the average high temperature.
The 2015 Wimbledon Championships begins this week in London. Only one of the 20 competition courts as a retractable roof. As a result, fans and athletes will have to deal with the oppressive temperatures.
While there will be a slight reprieve from the hot conditions in England and northwest France on Thursday, it will still be much warmer than normal. Temperatures will again surge higher later in the week.
Overall the weather pattern across much of Europe will feature warmer-than-normal temperatures though the middle of July with only a few brief breaks from above-normal temperatures.