Searing Temperatures Across Europe Trigger Weather Warnings

(Bloomberg) -- Another bout of extreme heat and dry weather set to sweep Europe has pushed France and the UK to issues fresh warnings for this week.

The French state forecaster has an amber warning out for parts of the south while the UK Health Security Agency has placed all regions on a level 3 heat alert from midday on Aug. 9 to 6pm on Aug. 13. The more frequent weather extremes are highlighting the effect that a warming climate is having on health and vital infrastructure.

Nations across Europe are struggling to cope with extreme high temperatures, with France registering the driest July on record and England the driest in almost 90 years. Water levels on the Rhine River, a vital artery for the transport of commodities and industrial goods, are so low that trade is at risk of coming to a halt on some sections of the waterway.

The warnings come as sizzling temperatures are expected to hit the UK, Germany and France this week, with temperatures in Paris peaking 34.5 degrees Celsius (94.1 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday, according to Maxar Technologies LLC. The heat wave will be less intense than earlier in summer but will be longer-lasting, staying around until the end of the week in the south of the country, French forecaster Meteo France said.