Parts of France and Spain are seeing an unusually warm late October, with bathers enjoying water temperatures of 20-21C on the French Riviera.

Millions anxious about the jump in Europe's fuel prices will not have to turn on their heating just yet.

However, it may also be a sign of changing weather patterns after a summer which saw extreme heat in Europe, with ferocious wildfires and droughts.

Heatwaves have become more frequent and more intense, and last longer, because of human-induced climate change.

The world has already warmed by about 1.1C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.

In the next few days Nice can expect a daily high of around 24C, with a similar forecast for Malaga in the south of Spain.

France recorded temperatures of five to six degrees above normal in the past 10 days. It was "very likely" that the balmy weather could be attributed to climate change.