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Paris is forecast to smash its all-time temperature high on Thursday. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Records have begun to tumble across Western Europe as a second blistering summer heat wave struck — and forecasters warn the worst is far from over.

Details: The historic heat wave has shattered hottest temperature records in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, as the extreme weather system spreads. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the heat would exacerbate drought in some areas and "fuel the risk of wildfires."

Why it matters: The WMO blames climate change for the extreme weather event, and it warns that because of this, "heat waves are expected to become longer, more frequent and intense, and start earlier and finish later in the past."

"The high temperatures are punishing for Europe's glaciers. Over the past 50 years, we have experienced more hot days, hot nights and heat waves, and this trend will continue."

The big picture: The WMO said an influx of hot air from North Africa is triggering the scorching temperatures, similar to the heat wave that struck much of central and western Europe last month.

In France, Several cities broke previous high-temperature records Tuesday and Wednesday, including Bordeaux, which hit 106°F.

  • The national weather service, Météo-France, said Paris was set to smash its all-time high set in July 1947 — 104°FC — with 107°F forecast for Thursday.

In Germany, a new national record was set in Geilenkirchen, near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, where the temperature reached 104.5°F

In the Netherlands, Eindhoven smashed the country's 75-year-old record, hitting a temperature just short of 103°F.

In Belgium, Kleine Brogel hit 102°F — the hottest since 1833.

In the United Kingdom, people in southern and eastern England were bracing for potentially the hottest day on record. The U.K. Met Office tweeted it's likely those regions could see the thermometer hit 102°F. The hottest temperature recorded in the U.K. is 101°F.

"There is currently a 60% chance we could break this on Thursday, depending on the amount of cloud."
— Met Office statement

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has be charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.