(CNN)Europe is only three days into summer, and Mother Nature is quickly cranking up the heat.
A “potentially dangerous” heat wave is forecast to engulf the continent this week.
With summer 2018’s devastating heat wave and droughts still fresh in the minds of Europeans, many are wondering whether this season will feature more of the same.
Thanks to climate change, these types of heat waves are happening more frequently.
“Heat waves are on the rise,” Stefan Rahmstorf, co-chairman of Earth system analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and professor at Potsdam University in Germany, said in a statement.