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Heatwaves are running riot in the United States, most of Europe and Japan.

The states of California and Arizona have reached record-breaking temperatures with warnings from the US National Weather Service. The western parts of the country have been struggling with incredibly high temperatures.

Temperatures in Europe are also breaking records with Italy facing red alerts for 16 cities this weekend. The country’s weather centre has warned Italians in cities like Florence, Bologna and Rome for “the most intense heatwave of the summer and also one of the most intense of all time”.

News24 reports the thermometer is likely to hit 40 degrees Celsius in Rome by Monday and even 43C on Tuesday, smashing the record of 40.5C set in August 2007.

The European Space Agency warned the islands of Sicily and Sardinia could reach highs of 48C this weekend with “potentially the hottest temperatures ever recorded in Europe”.

In India, monsoon rains have killed at least 90 people and parts of eastern Japan are expected to reach 39C on Sunday and Monday.

Image credit: Sky News

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