Funnily enough, @Inbar, wife & I were just chucking to ourselves that only a few weeks back we were humping luggage etc around in 38degree heat in Corfu, me in jeans & her in trousers. It is certainly a bit of a hyperbaloo in some ways.
What the media et al should really be getting through to folk - I think anyway - is that the real concern with all this [for me at any rate] is what this sort of thing may well be saying about very real & tangible global warming etc. Many more episodes like this and there’s likely to be flora & fauna changes etc. While in the immediate short-term right here right now, any big rain any time soon in this particular episode, and there’ll almost inevitably be dreadful flooding as the land-surfaces are rock-hard and won’t let the water soak in to drain quietly. It’ll be bonkers, and I’ll be shocked if there aren’t any major flash-flood problems at some point this summer.
FWIW and admittedly utterly banal to be saying in the circumstances, I personally actually really rather enjoy heat; Athens used to hit 40+ sometimes, while Dubai could often go well beyond that. I find it quite energising personally. And it makes my quiet time in the late evenings out in the garden blissful :~}