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Extreme heat moves into Central Europe: The summer of 2018 has been a remarkable one across Europe with “highest temperature” and “lowest rainfall” records being broken in many areas.

Exceptional heat has stretched across every corner of the continent, with much of northern Europe experiencing less than 20 percent of normal May-July rainfall. Only the Mediterranean and Balkans have seen wetter-than-normal weather; in the cases of Greece, Romania and western Turkey, more than twice the normal rainfall.

In the latest twist, the extreme heat across the Iberian Peninsula, which resulted in the highest temperature ever recorded in Lisbon and a host of highest minima records, is finally receding. Unfortunately, it leaves behind a trail of wildfires that authorities are still struggling to control.

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Extreme heat moves into Central Europe: The summer of 2018 has been a remarkable one across Europe with “highest temperature” and “lowest rainfall” records being broken in many areas.Exceptional heat has stretched across every corner of the continent, with much of northern Europe experiencing less than 20 percent of normal May-July rainfall. Only the Mediterranean and Balkans have seen wetter-than-normal weather; in the cases of Greece, Romania and western Turkey, more than twice the normal rainfall.In the latest twist, the extreme heat across the Iberian Peninsula, which resulted in the highest temperature ever recorded in Lisbon and a host of highest minima records, is finally receding. Unfortunately, it leaves behind a trail of wildfires that authorities are still struggling to control.In the latest twist, the extreme heat across the Iberian Peninsula, which resulted in the highest temperature ever recorded in Lisbon and a host of highest minima records, is finally receding. Unfortunately, it leaves behind a trail of wildfires that authorities are still struggling to control.