Heatwaves are the new normal in Europe

Temperatures reached boiling point this summer as Europe was hit by a huge heatwave.

Some say big changes are needed to cope with the effects of climate change.

At a castle near Lisbon, the tourists are disappointed. The leaders of Portugal have closed the building – because it is just too hot.

A heatwave has hit Europe. In the UK, the heat peaked at 40.3C. Heatwaves are happening more often. They are lasting for longer. Scientists say this is a result of climate change.

Extreme heat can be very dangerous. We struggle to keep our bodies cool. This is a big problem in Europe. Most cities were not built for very high temperatures. Buildings do not have air conditioning.

Some cities are searching for solutions. Barcelona in Spain is planting more trees. In Vienna, there are water spray misting stations in the streets.