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Europe Heat Wave Creeping North Leaves Record Highs in Its Wake

A pedestrian shields herself from the sun in London, June 17

A pedestrian shields herself from the sun in London, June 17

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

A breezy, summer night on the French Mediterranean coast turned into climate hell, when a strong gust of hot wind elevated temperatures to 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) from 22 degrees Celsius within three hours. 

This rare atmospheric phenomenon, known as a heat burst, occurred amid a heat wave that started in Spain earlier this week and now is moving north, bringing unusually warm weather for this time of the year to France and the U.K.