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US NewsFlash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT

00:20  25 june  2019
00:20  25 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Heavy rain set to clear with some sunny spells but it won’t last long

Heavy rain set to clear with some sunny spells but it won’t last long Ireland will be waking up to heavy rain, mist and fog in many areas but there is hope for some sunny spells on Saturday. 

Flash - flooding across southern Britain as the coast is deluged by a fortnight ' s rain in 30 Flash floods caused chaos yesterday as a fortnight ’ s rain fell in just half an hour in some areas. Huge cracks opened along main roads in Bournemouth and lifeguards had to run for cover as a torrent of

A mid-summer monsoon-style downpour caused flash flooding across the South today as a fortnight ' s worth of rain fell in just 30 minutes leaving homes © Jon Savage Heavy rain also caused flooding in DUNBAR, East Lothian. Here a cyclist struggles to make his way down the road following

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © PA Wire/PA Images A car is driven through localised flooding near Leeming in Yorkshire, on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images) Yet another band of heavy rain is set to move in across southern parts of England and into the east coast tonight as torrential downpours travel from the continent.

After today’s humidity tomorrow looks set to be just as muggy, with highs of 64F (18C) combing with severe weather expected to move across from France in the early hours.

Widespread showers and thundery downpours set to soak Ireland

Widespread showers and thundery downpours set to soak Ireland Summer may have skipped Ireland this year ahead of another day of widespread showers and thundery downpours. 

Flash floods have left parts of London submerged under water and threatened to cause travel chaos on A month’ s rain fell in a matter of a few hours during the storms – with more heavy downpours forecast for A car is abandoned under a bridge in Battersea after getting stuck in floodwater water.

Drivers plucked from car roofs as Hume floods in drenched state. Skip to sections navigation Skip Don't try to drive through flash - flood waters. It only takes 15 centimetres of water before a car starts to float. The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that more torrential downpours are yet to come, with

Downpours and a low pressure front in the south and up the east coast of England may give way to thunderstorms with frequent lightning expected in eastern parts including Hull and Norwich, which are predicted to take the brunt of the rain.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cars were forced underwater as motorists battled to get them through the streets of Edinburgh this afternoon Further flash flooding is forecast in southern England following the deluge in Edinburgh today, which saw drivers forced on to their car’s roofs as they scrambled to escape from the waterlogged vehicles - after the effects of a tropical 'Saharan bubble' hit Britain.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A man sits on the roof of his car and appears to be on the phone after becoming stranded following flash flooding in Edinburgh Met Office 'danger to life' weather warnings remain in place for almost all of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales tonight with a fortnight's worth of rain falling in just one day in some areas and equal amounts predicted tomorrow.

Irish weather forecast: Heavy showers in parts of the country today but good sunny spells elsewhere

Irish weather forecast: Heavy showers in parts of the country today but good sunny spells elsewhere Met Eireann has revealed we can expect balmy highs of 19C or possibly 20C with “good sunshine” this week. It’s been a joyless June so far with gloomy conditions dominating – a far cry from last year’s heatwave. There will be frequent and heavy showers in the west and north today and elsewhere will be mostly dry with good sunny spells and just the odd passing shower. Top temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in moderate to fresh southwest winds.https://t.co/9gKN6SVok4 pic.twitter.

Roads and fields were flooded and some cars became stranded in flood waters. It was slow going on some roads in Norfolk as the rain fell . More than 25 mm (1 inches) of rain fell at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast between 5am and 5pm on Thursday making it the wettest place in England.

California will continue to be bombarded with heavy rain and fluctuating snow levels as an atmospheric- river fueled storm targets the area through Thursday Palm Springs has already receive a half a year' s worth of rain from this single storm in about 10 hours with more into Thursday night.

Brighton and south west London are expected to be of the first affected as intense thunderstorms hit the coast tonight.

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Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Water levels reached the car door handle for one driver

In Scotland motorists are battling flooded roads amid torrential downpours, which risk spilling into homes and business, causing power cuts and causing chaos on public transport.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The bizarre sight of a man sitting on the roof of his car after it became waterlogged Peter O'Brien, 53, says he got the shock of his life after seeing a 'sea' of water across some areas in Edinburgh.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A brave bus driver attempts to plunge through the water while new cars at the Kia garage seem to be untouched by the waters in Edinburgh Mr O'Brien was heading to Edinburgh Retail Park in a tram today when he saw cars stranded due to the flash floods.

Thunderstorms unleash more heavy rain leaving flooding in their wake

Thunderstorms unleash more heavy rain leaving flooding in their wake One village in Kent saw 42mm of rain in one hour overnight.

A flash flood warning was also in effect for the area near the San Diego River at Fashion Valley. In the East County, flooding at SR-67 and Riverford Road caused a car to slide off the roadway and into a ditch, Southwick The NWS warned drivers to turn around if they come across a flooded roadway.

Flash floods have killed about a dozen people in the Aude region of southwest France, according to multiple local news outlets. Three months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours , France' s Interior Ministry says, adding that some areas saw up An excavator pulls a car from a river in Villegailhenc.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Suzuki dealership in Edinburgh sees cars forced underwater after flash flooding in large parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland The joiner said he got the shock of his life when he was told he had to leave the tram.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Floodwater is pictured covering Queensferry Road near Edinburgh this afternoon after a month's rainfall hit in one day Peter said it felt as though the tram was about to come off the rails.

And before heading home, Peter, from Clermiston, Edinburgh, had to go to a local garage store room to wait for the rain to stop.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Drivers in Queensferry, near Edinburgh, Scotland battled through flooded roads today as thunderstorms battered Britain Peter said: 'I was in the tram which was leaving Edinburgh Hay Market to Edinburgh Retail Park.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The MP said power had been cut to her office as the water rose - she advised people to check on their elderly relatives 'It was as if I was looking at a sea.

Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann predict highs of 18C but some 'heavy downpours' are expected this afternoon

Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann predict highs of 18C but some 'heavy downpours' are expected this afternoon While the morning will be largely dry, the afternoon will see widespread showers . A forecaster said: "Scattered showers in the west and northwest this morning but largely dry elsewhere with sunny spells. "Showers will become fairly widespread across the country this afternoon with a few heavy downpours possible. Highest temperatures of 15C to 18C in moderate to fresh southwest breezes." And Met Eireann warned that we could see "heavy and thundery" showers tomorrow.

Flash floods are getting worse, due in large part to real estate development covering natural vegetation and replacing it with impervious surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. In the most recent storm, nearly 8 inches of rain fell in just three hours — intense water with nowhere to go.

Torrential rain falls flooding a street in Sydney' s The Rocks. The Western Distributor turned into a In just one hour 48 millimetres of rain fell in Marrickville, 45 millimetres in Canterbury, and 35 Rain falling quickly as a woman crosses the road in inner Sydney. Teenagers drenched as they walk with

'There were cars stranded everywhere and people coming out of their cars.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's raining, it's pouring: Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West Christine Jardine is pictured pointing at the water splashing against her office window this afternoon 'I think the batteries must have got wet.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Flooding in Blackhall, Edinburgh, sees homeowners in a valley under a hill soaked through, more rain can be seen moving in from over the hill 'The tram also had to get stopped and we were all told to get out.

'Some of the buses heading to that direction also got cancelled too.

'It was all just crazy.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rain storms and flooding cause chaos around Edinburgh as cars and buses are almost drowned by the torrential downpour and rising waters 'I was going to B&Q to get some materials but the shop got shut down because the water had got in and caused a power cut.

'And even though I wanted to go home, I had to go to a garage store room and wait.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The windscreen wipers aren't making much difference for this car 'Luckily the guys there were really friendly.

'But after an hour later I got back in the tram and went home.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Escaping the rain: A woman dashes through a flooded street in Queensferry near Edinburgh this afternoon where flood warnings are in place 'It was just a lot of floods.'

Homes are left without power and roads flooded as thunderstorms lash Britain overnight with 1,000 lightning strikes and two inches of rainfall in an hour

Homes are left without power and roads flooded as thunderstorms lash Britain overnight with 1,000 lightning strikes and two inches of rainfall in an hour Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of the South East of England overnight, while Lenham in Kent saw 1.65in (42mm) of rain in the space of just one hour.

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'Get the boats ready' Louisiana residents HIT by flash flooding as 3 INCHES of rain falls . LOUISIANA residents have been left stranded after strong Many rivers and waterways reached record levels, and rainfall exceeded 20 inches in numerous areas. Thirteen people were confirmed dead as a

These weather conditions come after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A workman is pictured as he fights to unblock a drain in a flooded car park in Port Edgar near Edinburgh Scotland, where there have been heavy showers all day

The deluge hit the Capital around 3.30pm, and some motorists could be seen perched on their car roofs to avoid the murky water.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Monday:  Most of England and part of Scotland and Wales are covered by a thunderstorm warning Roads were described as 'impassable' by residents, due to the depth of the floodwaters.

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Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record this week with the arrival of a 2,000-mile wide African plume in continental Europe.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's gone! A woman laughs as she loses her shoe in the pouring rain in Manchester city centre this morning But it will begin with humid thunderstorms and severe weather warnings covering the majority of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

A huge bubble of hot air from northern Africa will move north of Algeria towards Italy and Spain today.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tuesday: Storms still affect the south east and Midlands High pressure will mean the mercury is still high, but tropical thunderstorms will also bring rain, wind and hail.

The grim spell of showers and storms will last until Wednesday, when conditions will start to improve.

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An 'atmospheric river ' triggering torrential rains across much of California flooded roads and High in the Sierra, already overwhelmed with snow, up to 10 feet of snow could fall in some areas. Resident drive through a flooded road way to get back to their house near Dairyville on Thursday

" Flash flood warnings have been issued and many areas that received a large amount of rainfall 24 hours ago are being hit hard again," said Plaff. "This is an extremely dangerous situation in those areas." Haley: keep off the roads . But the torrential rain was more than just dangerous. It was deadly.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A 2,000-mile wide African air plume called the Saharan Bubble is expected to bring Europe a record heatwave - with Britain expected to break through its 35C (95F) June temperature record. Temperatures for today pictured above The Met Office forecast UK temperature highs building from 28C on Monday to nearly 30C by Thursday and potential for 34C – and possibly hotter if less cloud – on Friday and Saturday.

There are currently five flood alerts in place for Scotland and 18 for England, with cars in Edinburgh forced underwater by flash flooding.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The tropical temperatures that dazzled Britain in sunshine yesterday have turned to rain today (Manchester city centre pictured) as a 'Saharan bubble' brings widespread storms to the UK But later in the week Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record as, once the showers have died out, the 2,000-mile wide African air plume brings a heatwave from across continental Europe.

UK temperatures will be hotter than Egypt and Thailand – but sweltering humidity could still make Glastonbury a muddy affair this year.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Drum Brae, Edinburgh, where taxis are storming through the flooded roads as torrential rain continues to fall Hot air is shown on a dramatic weather map covering Britain and stretching from Spain to Norway. Germany, due 41C (106F), is set to break its 40.3C (104.5) temperature record.

Met Office experts warned of a month's worth of rainfall today 50mm (1.97in) in England and 100mm (3.94in) in Scotland - however it seems the downpour has stopped at around half the predicted amount.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Edinburgh travel news advised people to stay inside due to the long traffic delays caused by the floods in west Edinburgh Edinburgh experienced 44mm of rain, while their average rain fall for the month of July is 80-100mm, meaning they have had around 50 per cent of the month's rain in just 24 hours.

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The majority of the rain in Edinburgh, 33mm, fell in just three hours this afternoon causing flash flooding.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Is it really June? Cars are pictured on wet and misty roads on the A1 near Leeming, Yorkshire today A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place until midnight on Monday for the vast majority of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and almost half of Wales.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's gone! A woman laughs as she loses her shoe in the pouring rain in Manchester city centre this morning Another one continues for the south east of England, midlands and parts of the north east, as well as Liverpool, Manchester and northern Wales until 10pm on Tuesday.

But hot air moving in from continental Europe will bring with it drier, sunnier and warmer conditions, and by Saturday parts of London could get as hot as 35C.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited What happened to summer? Dazzling sunshine yesterday has been replaced by storms by the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The hottest UK temperature recorded in June is 35.6C, which was set in Southampton in 1978.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited All good things come to an end: People in Liverpool cling on to their umbrellas as they walk the soaked streets this morning As the week progresses the heat is forecast to build, with southern areas getting the hottest weather.

Peak daily temperatures across much of England and Wales are predicted to be well above 20C all week.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be slightly cooler, although the mercury is expected to rise above 20C on Saturday.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rain descends on Liverpool after a weekend of sunshine as thunderstorm warnings are rolled out across the UK Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: 'The continent is seeing some very high temperatures, with record-breaking temperatures expected across France, Spain and Belgium.

'We are not seeing temperatures as hot as Europe, but it will be warm for the UK.'

She added: 'By Saturday we could be looking at 30C in the south, with London looking at 30C but with isolated spots of 33C, 34C or 35C, maybe.'

Glastonbury festival-goers will be treated to consistently warm and dry weather, with temperatures expected to largely remain in the mid to high-20s throughout the weekend. On Friday it could get as hot as 31C at the music festival.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Festival-goers in Somerset refuse to let rain dampen their spirits as showers descend on the Weston Air Festival today

Both the UV index and the pollen count are forecast to remain high this week.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans wait as rain is expected to delay play at the Hampshire Bowl before the Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Southampton Ms Maxey said: 'People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.'

The first Government heat health warning of the year put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

Despite a wet start, the Met Office said summer is ten times more likely to be much-hotter-than-average than much-cooler-than-average across June, July and August.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Shocking mobile phone footage shows a large group of youngsters taking running jumps off Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday just yards from the rocks below Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: 'Warm air from north Africa will bring an extensive heatwave to large parts of western and central Europe, with highs into the 40s (104F) in Germany and France.

'The UK will see highs build through the week after 28C (82.4F) on Monday and Tuesday. By Friday and Saturday sees the chance of 34C (93.2F), and possibly warmer if there is more sunshine and less cloud in the west, which is forecast to be the hottest area.

'It will be very humid, with thunderstorms until Tuesday bringing the risk of localised flooding, and showers popping up later in the week.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A 'tombstoner' is pictured free falling off a cliff at Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday

'Glastonbury has wet ground and risks thundery showers before the festival and occasional showers during the event, but will be in the region with the hottest temperatures - so pack wellies and sun cream.'

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A young boy in a red T-shirt is pictured about to splash into the sea Mr Partridge continued: 'An extensive heatwave is on the way for much of the UK for the best part of a week. 'Heat from north Africa will cover a big area of Europe, with up to 41C (106F) in western Germany and France.'

This weekend children risked their lives by leaping off steep cliffs at a tombstoning spot on the south west coast as temperatures soared.

Shocking mobile phone footage shows a large group of youngsters taking running jumps off Plymouth Hoe in Devon just yards from the rocks below.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site, which is expected to be hit by heavy rain, which could mean the ground is wet for the first arrivals on Wednesday morning

The 70ft jump could have proven fatal for the youths, who were filmed by a passer-by on Saturday as the mercury shot above 70F (20C).

Tombstoning sees people jumping off high cliffs while maintaining a straight posture so their bodies look like a tombstone.

MeteoGroup forecaster Mario Cuellar said: '35C (95F) is a low chance and 33C (91F) is a good chance, with the hottest days on Friday and Saturday.'

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: 'One of Europe's biggest heat plumes for many years will arrive in the UK, with temperatures possibly over 30C (86F) early in the week, with the hottest conditions later in the week.

'But thunderstorms are expected to be real firecrackers, with flooding expected. Glastonbury risks quagmire conditions.'

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: 'Blistering heat from near 40C (104F) temperatures in Europe look like wafting our way.'

The Met Office three-month forecast said: 'For June-August as a whole, the probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent. The coldest category is five per cent.

'The probability of higher-than-average pressure, associated with warmer-than-average conditions, is increased by North Atlantic sea surface temperature patterns. These are similar to, but not as marked, as last year.'

The Met Office 30-day outlook said: 'Temperatures will continue to feel warm. Temperatures during July 6-20 are likely to be slightly above average.'

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The wet weather over the next few days could turn tranquil areas of the festival site like this makeshift shelter into mud baths

Paris opens 'cool rooms' to protect the public during 'orange' heat alert to avoid repeat of 2003 deathly heatwave as Europe braces for record-breaking 104F temperatures

By Corazon Miller for MailOnline and AFP

Europe is bracing for blistering weather this week as hot air from the Sahara is expected to bring temperatures of 104F (40C) to cities across the continent - including the French capital of Paris.

French authorities have issued an 'orange' alert - the second highest level - for the intense heat expected that is expected to hit-record breaking temperatures for June by the middle of the week.

To date, the most severe heatwave in France was in 2003, when temperatures in the capital hit a record high of 104.72F (40.7C) on June 22nd that year - only a fraction higher than this week's expected highs.

French meteorologist French Tual said the period of intense weather was likely to last till July.

Officials across Europe have released guidelines for surviving the scorching weather and hospitals are on high-alert for a surge in admissions related to dehydration, heat-stroke and other weather-related conditions.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meteorologist Steven Tual said the hot weather would bring an intense period of heat for the rest of June. In this tweet he indicated it was the hottest heatwave since the 2003 to 2006 summer periods of intense heat

In Paris, officials pledged to open 'cool rooms' inside public buildings, set up temporary water fountains and leave the city's parks and gardens unlocked and accessible at night.

City workers would also distribute water to the homeless and install fans in schools and nurseries.

France is wary of a repeat of the intense heatwave of summer 2003, when nearly 15,000 died over a two-week period, most of them elderly.

In Germany, forecasters said they were expecting a week-long heatwave with temperatures that could break the 2015 record of 104.5F (40.3C) - blaming it on a front of 'warm air coming from the Sahara'.

Officials are also warning that the extreme heat could bring on violent storms.

Britain's MetOffice said it was particularly concerned that the heatwave could trigger 'violent storms' and warned Britons to expect 'hot, humid and unstable' weather.

It issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday, saying the highest temperatures would be in excess of 86F (30C)  in central and southwest England.

Spain's AEMET weather agency issued a 'yellow alert' for severe weather on Sunday, but said it expected the heat to peak later in the week with temperatures soaring over 104F (40C), particularly inland.

'Temperatures may exceed 42 degrees' [107.6F] in the northeastern Ebro valley area from Thursday until Saturday, the agency said, indicating the heat could persist into early next week.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meteo France warned of a 'hot, humid and unstable' weather front that could push the mercury up to 40 degrees from Tuesday in some parts of the country, including Paris

And after last summer's heatwave, farmers were again fearful the high temperatures could damage crops.

'Should we get tropical temperatures of 35 degrees (95F) or more , that would depress the crop yields,' farmers' spokesman Joachim Rukwied told DPA news agency, saying grain crops had received just enough rainfall last month and were going through an 'important growing phase'.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Forecasters are blaming the heatwave on a front of warm air coming in from the Sahara

In Belgium, the Royal Meteorological Institute also issued a severe heat warning, saying it was expecting temperatures in the range of 93F to 95F (34C to 35C) from Tuesday, with similar hot weather also expected in Switzerland.

Dutch officials issued a heat warning in seven of its 12 provinces Sunday.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A busy beach with tourists and holidaymakers at Playa Cura, Torrevieja (file photo). Spain's AEMET weather agency expected the heat to peak later in the week with temperatures soaring over 104F They urged people, especially the young and elderly to drink plenty of water, to stay indoors and use protective clothing and sunblock.

The Dutch 'Heat Plan' comes into action when continuous temperatures above 80.6F (27C) are forecast.

Greece was also expected to record blistering temperatures this weekend, with forecasters warning of highs of 102F (39C) in some areas although they were seen falling earlier next week.

Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greece was also expected to record blistering temperatures this weekend, with forecasters warning of highs of 102F In the Balkans, soaring temperatures saw many people flocking to rivers, lakes and swimming pools in an effort to cool down last week, although a weekend of stormy weather helped take the edge off the heat.

This latest intense heatwave again shows the impact of global warming on the planet, and such weather conditions are likely to become more frequent, meteorologists said.

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One million people told to evacuate as heavy rain hits Japan.
More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes and "protect your lives" as heavy rain batters Japan. Some areas of southern Kyushu - the country's main island - have had a metre of rain (39 inches) since last Friday - and another deluge is expected tomorrow. Watch: "Cars drive through flooded streets as heavy rain hits south Japan" (Independent) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_d48ead58-d4b5-48f4-8f95-71472baab9c3").

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