European countries, including Spain, France and Italy, have been hit with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius for several days.
The heatwave poses great challenges to people's daily life and work, forest fire prevention and agricultural production.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, spells of extreme heat are expected to come early, become more frequent and increase in intensity in the future due to climate change.
Below are some photos taken in Europe as a blanket of hot air brings its first heatwave of summer.
People seen outdoors as heat grips Brussels, Belgium, June 18, 2022. /CFP
Locals cool off by fountains in Paris, France, June 18, 2022. /CFP
People seen outdoors on a lawn in Brussels, Belgium, June 18, 2022. /CFP
A red alert was issued in 14 provinces and an orange alert in 56 provinces due to the temperatures reaching 41 degrees in France, June 18, 2022. /CFP
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