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A blast of intense heat over the coming days before things cool down by the weekend.
July temperature records could be broken across parts of the UK this week and the heat extends to France, Germany and the Low Countries too.
Thunderstorms and torrential rain across eastern states of the USA will bring some fresher and less humid conditions in the coming days.
This time last year, the UK had already been sweltering in a heatwave, with more than 20 days where the mercury topped 30C. Helen Willetts compares this year with last.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature was 61.6F (16.4C).
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