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Records broken amid extreme June heat

A heat wave continued to ravage Europe on Sunday, as several places experienced record high temperatures.

The big picture: The heat wave, which brought temperatures above 110°F (43.3°C) to parts of France and Spain on Saturday, is the earliest on record for a number of European countries.

Driving the news: Parts of France, Austria and Germany recorded record high temperatures on Sunday.

  • Two regions of France – Chambéry-Aix les Bains and Langres – broke temperature records for June on Sunday, according to the French meteorological service on Twitter. Chambéry-Aix les Bains hit a new high of 98°F (36.7°C), while Langres hit 95.5°F (35.3°C).
  • The Austrian state of Vorarlberg reached 36.5C (97.7F), beating the previous record from 1950, according to the Austrian Meteorological Service on Twitter.
  • A station in Cottbus, Germany, recorded a new record for any month, with temperatures reaching 102.6°F (39.2°C), the German Meteorological Service reported on Twitter.

More details: Firefighters also continued to battle wildfires in Spain and Germany, according to Al Jazeera.

  • Wildfires have scorched more than 61,000 acres in Spain’s northwestern Zamora province, Al Jazeera reported.
  • In Germany, authorities have evacuated three villages near Berlin due to an approaching forest fire, according to Al Jazeera.

Our thought bubble, From Andrew Freedman of Axios: It’s now one of the worst June heat waves on record in parts of Western Europe. Human-caused climate change is making these events more frequent, more severe and longer lasting.