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LONDON, August 2, 2018 (News Wires) - Most of Europe will bask in above-normal temperatures from August to October, forecasts from The Weather Company show.

"The warm and dry summer pattern has persisted across much of northern/western Europe and Scandinavia in July," said Todd Crawford, the forecaster's chief meteorologist.

"We expect this to continue into August, although there are now some indications that the low pressure ... may give way to higher pressures at some point in August, which would reduce the risks for extreme warmth over at least far western Europe."

COPENHAGEN, May 31, 2018 (News Wires) — Temperatures in Europe’s far north are breaking records, prompting Scandinavians to take dips in fjords well ahead of the official start of summer on June 21.

In the municipality of Etne, on Norway’s west coast, the mercury hit 32.7 degrees Celsius (90.86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, a record for May.

Danish meteorologists say May has already broken records for sunshine, with 348 hours recorded by Wednesday — expected to reach 360 on Thursday. The previous high was 347.

People took dips in harbours and fjords across southern Norway, and bans on open fires because of dry forests and grass have been issued in many municipalities in Sweden.