Publication Date July 8, 2016

Explainer: the omega-shaped jet stream responsible for Europe's heatwave

United Kingdom
Keeping cool as Paris sees its hottest temperatures in six decades. Photo: Etienne Laurent / EPA

For those that haven’t noticed, it’s been rather warm in Europe. In fact, last Wednesday was the UK’s hottest July day since records began. The temperature at Heathrow soared to 36.7°C, approximately 15°C higher than the average maximum daily temperature for the month. In mainland Europe it has been even hotter, with much of Spain well into the 40s and Paris seeing its highest temperature since 1947