Temperature records began to fall across France on Tuesday and more are expected in the upcoming days as locations brace for the second major heat wave of the summer.
The most extreme heat will now build from central and northern France into Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and far western Germany into Thursday.
Record-breaking temperatures are possible in several major metropolitan areas including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
The hottest day for the region will be Thursday, when a temperature of 40.6 C (105 F) is forecast for Paris. This would break the current all-time high temperature record of 40.4 C (104.7 F) at Parc Montsouris, set more than 70 years ago.
High temperatures of 38 C (101 F) and 36 C (97 F) in Brussels and Amsterdam will also threaten all-time high temperatures records for each city.
Farther east, several days of temperatures in excess of 32 C (90 F) are forecast for Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Milan.
The interior of Spain will also endure several more days of intense heat. A high temperature of 38 C (100 F) on Wednesday and Thursday is expected and would result in a seven-day stretch of such temperatures.
The United Kingdom will also have to cope with the brutal heat as the county’s all-time high temperature record may fall on Thursday. The current record is 38.5 C (101.3 F).