European forecasters warned that 'hell is coming' with a record breaking heatwave hitting the continent from Tuesday -- posing a threat to life.
Authorities have urged children and older people to stay indoors and issued severe warnings against dehydration and heatstroke.
The heat wave is being caused by a 2,000-mile wide plume of hot air dubbed the 'Saharan bubble' which is being blown from Africa by an unusually strong jet stream.
People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heat wave hit much of the country, France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters
People cool off in water fountains in Nice as a heat wave is expected in much of the country. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters
A woman drinks water during sunset, as a heat wave hits France, in Cagnicourt. Meteorologists compared this week's weather to a heat wave in 2003 which killed an estimated 15,000 people in France. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
A girl enjoys a cool breeze at a fountain in Berlin, Germany. Most of Germany was also issued with a heat warning. Temperatures in Germany could beat the previous June record of 38.2C, set in Frankfurt in 1947. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
Female elephant Phang Pha uses a water hose by herself to cool off at the Berlin. People were warned to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters
St Peter's Square, Vatican
Members of the clergy hold umbrellas ahead of the general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters
A man cools off with a bottle of water on a hot summer day in a park in Brussels. In Belgium, the Royal Meteorological Institute also issued a severe heat warning, saying it was expecting temperatures in the range of 93F to 95F (34C to 35C). Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
A woman helps her dog to cool off in a fountain on a hot summer day in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
A woman and her child bathe at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph: Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix/Reuters
A woman cools off at a fountain in downtown Rome as a heat wave hits Italy. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters
A woman rests in the shadow on a hot summer day in central Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
People enjoy boat rides at Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters