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An intense and record heat wave grips Western Europe

Large swathes of Europe were baking amid record hot weather on Monday.

A combination of a high-pressure system brought by the jet stream over the Atlantic, unusually arid conditions on the ground following months of lower-than-normal rainfall, and extreme temperatures in North Africa are driving the intense heat wave.

In Spain, authorities have attributed 510 deaths to the prolonged heat wave that saw daily maximum temperatures between 39-45°C (102-113°F).

Both Spain and neighboring Portugal have been battling dozens of wildfires sparked by extreme heat and prolonged drought.

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