Three dead in European 'hell' heatwave as Britain braces for 31c weekend temperatures

At least three people have died in France in the heatwave dubbed 'hell' sweeping across Europe.

The 'Saharan Bubble' weather system is forecast to cause temperatures as high as 45 degrees in France by Friday.

According to the Daily Mail, three people have died in France so far this week in the south of the country - one on Monday and two yesterday - after diving into the sea to cool off causing their deaths by 'cold shock'.

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A zookeeper uses water to cool off elephants, as a heatwave is expected to reach the city, at the Berlin Zoo, Germany June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
A woman plays the water as she cool herself down in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25, 2019 with the Eiffel Tower on the background. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People cool off in the fountains at the Andre Citroen park in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People cool off in the fountains at the Andre Citroen park in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People cool off at a fountain in downtown Rome as a heatwave hits Italy, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
A woman cools off at a fountain in downtown Rome as a heatwave hits Italy, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
People cool off in water fountains in Nice as a heatwave is expected in much of the country, France, June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The sun shines in the sky over the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heatwave is expected in much of the country, France, June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
People sunbathe near the Trocadero fountains and the Eiffel tower in Paris as a heatwave is expected in much of the country, France, June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
People stroll on a sandbank that is usually covered by the river Rhine as a Dutch tanker ship cruises on the partially dried out waterway in Oberwesel, Germany, August 12, 2018, as water levels remain low due to drought and heatwave hindering freight vessels from sailing fully loaded on the river. Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay
Young children cool off in a fountain in Mulhouse, eastern France, on June 25, 2019. - Meteorologists blamed a blast of torrid air from the Sahara for the unusually early summer heatwave, which could send thermometers up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some places on June 27 and 28. Experts say such heatwaves early in the summer are likely to be more frequent as the planet heats up. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
A pigeon drinks water from a fountain in Mulhouse, eastern France, on June 25, 2019. - Meteorologists blamed a blast of torrid air from the Sahara for the unusually early summer heatwave, which could send thermometers up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some places on June 27 and 28. Experts say such heatwaves early in the summer are likely to be more frequent as the planet heats up. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play with water at the Place de Stalingrad on June 25, 2019 in Paris. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People enjoy the warm and sun weather as they sit on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin on June 25, 2019, in Paris. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes a selfie picture with a mobile-phone as he stands in the middle of the Trocadero fountain in Paris on June 25, 2019. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A teenager swims in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25, 2019, with the Palais de Chaillot on the background. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman plays the water as she cool herself down in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25, 2019 with the Eiffel Tower on the background. - Forecasters say Europeans will feel sizzling heat this week with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in an "unprecedented" June heatwave hitting much of Western Europe. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Temperatures in Britain over Friday and Saturday are expected to top 30 degrees as the heatwave arrives over the Channel.

The west of the country will get the best of the weather on Friday, before that switches to the east of England the following day.

Glastonbury festival is likely to have temperatures in the high 20s over the weekend.

France is introducing safety measures such as temporary fountains and longer opening hours for public pools.

A heatwave in the country in 2003 was blamed for 15,000 deaths, many of whom were elderly.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: "There is an enormous reservoir of warm air across Europe at the moment. On Friday we will have high pressure over the UK and low pressure out in the Atlantic, and that will bring settled weather conditions across the UK and an easterly flow of air across the southern half of the country.

"Those easterly winds are drawing that warm air from the near continent and that reservoir across the UK and that's why we're getting those warm temperatures.

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"We are looking at 28 or 29 degrees (82-84F), perhaps peaking at 30 here or there on Friday and that will be across western or south-western parts of the UK.

"Then we could see 30 or 31 across eastern areas of England; London and the Home Counties through Lincolnshire and parts of Yorkshire, on Saturday."

The high temperatures in Europe are being caused by what has been dubbed the 'Saharan bubble', a 3,200km-wide plume of hot air which has blown in from North Africa.

Meteorologist Silvia Laplana tweeted a graphic of the scorching temperatures heading to Europe this week along with the message: "El infierno [hell] is coming".

Britain will be left relatively unscathed, with unsettled weather moving in from the Atlantic on Sunday.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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