“An intense heat dome has swelled over Scandinavia, pushing temperatures more than 10 degrees above normal and spurring some of the region’s hottest weather ever recorded and a historic bush fire outbreak in Sweden.
“Even as far north as the Arctic Circle, the mercury has come close to 32 degrees Celsius. Normally, temperatures in Scandinavia during July warm to the comfortable early 20s. This week, they have soared into the early 30s.
“Since Monday, several locations have approached or surpassed their highest temperatures observed any day or month of the year.
“In central Norway, Trondheim Airport hit 32.4 on Monday, and Snasa 31.6 degrees, both are all-time records.”
“This summer could be the hottest on record, the [UK] Met Office has said.”
“A man was filmed struggling to cross a road after he became stuck in its melted tarmac. The video was filmed in the city of Nanyang, Henan province, in central China on July 4… Parts of China have endured record temperatures in July, with parts of the northern, central and eastern regions affected.”
“Twelve people died and nearly 10,000 people were taken to hospitals for heat exhaustion or heatstroke during the week through last Sunday, as a heat wave continued to scorch wide areas of Japan, the government said Wednesday… The heat has also continued to make it difficult for relief operations in the regions ravaged by the recent flooding and landslides.”