The temperature measures 43 Celsius in the village of Belin-Beliet, France. Heat will continue through Thursday before storms and more moderate air pushes in before the weekend [George Gobet/AFP]

Temperatures are rising across several countries in Western Europe, with many cities expecting annual highs and a few expecting to break records.

It is the second significant heatwave of the year for Europe, but this promises to be much shorter.

A dome of high pressure, commonly referred to as an Omega Block because of its shape resembling the Greek letter, has set up over the western and northern parts of Europe.

This high pressure raises temperatures by putting a cap on the atmosphere, which allows plenty of solar radiation in during the day but

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