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France, UK issue heat warnings as temperatures soar to unusual levels in western Europe

  • Children play soccer as they cool down in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Children play soccer as they cool down in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • People cool off at a weir in the evening, after a day with temperatures of more than 37 degrees (98 Fahrenheit), at the Arga River which crosses the edge of Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 C. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    People cool off at a weir in the evening, after a day with temperatures of more than 37 degrees (98 Fahrenheit), at the Arga River which crosses the edge of Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 C. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spectators shelter from the sun and watch the singles first round match between Angelique Kerber of Germany and Carina Witthoeft of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Spectators shelter from the sun and watch the singles first round match between Angelique Kerber of Germany and Carina Witthoeft of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to western Europe, with France the next in line for a scorching day.

Forecasters said southern France could see temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, a day after Cordoba in southern Spain recorded nearly 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit.)

Spain and Portugal issued weather alerts Monday, advising residents to take extra care, as the heat plume passed through the Iberian peninsula.

After France, the United Kingdom will feel the northern edge of the hot air mass on Wednesday, when temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) are expected in London.

Nicola Maxey of the UK Met Office said the heat will begin to taper off from Thursday.

Both France and the UK have issued heat alerts.