For the first time, the UK, which is accustomed to gentler weather, experienced temperatures of over 40C (104F).

The continent has been plagued by deadly wildfires. There was worse to come, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the UN warned. Due to human-induced climate change, heatwaves are now more common, more powerful, and stay longer.

A number of fire agencies declared significant incidents as a result of an increase in flames, in addition to the UK experiencing record temperatures. Homes were set on fire by a significant fire in Wennington, east London.

Monday saw record-high temperatures in 64 different regions of France. The south-west of the country has seen its worst flames in more than 30 years, even though the record high for mainland France has not been surpassed. A total of 49,400 acres (more than 20,300 hectares) of the wine-growing Gironde area have been destroyed by fire since July 12.

It was necessary to evacuate around 37,000 individuals from their houses. The UK and France are currently experiencing cooler temperatures.