This map showing how hot it is in Europe right now looks exactly like it's screaming

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Wednesday marked the beginning of a major heat wave across Western Europe, with hot air moving south from the Sahara prompting record-setting high temperatures in France, Germany and Poland.

The region is seeing record-breaking temperatures, with Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands all hitting 40 degrees and above.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic recorded their highest ever temperatures for June.

In fact, the temperatures are so high at present, that the weather map looks to be the spitting image of Edvard Munch's 1893 The Scream...

French meteorologist Ruben Hallali noted the similarity, and shared a split-photograph of the 19th-century masterpiece with the map of Europe:

Speaking to Liberation about the image, he said:

It’s amazing to have temperatures as high as 1,500 meters above sea level. This will translate to record-breaking records for the month of June and probably all months together.

And expanding on the eerie image itself, he told CNN:

By chance, it just happened to be possible to imagine a special form of a skull in this map. There are so many maps created on our site for each updated forecast that it is statistically possible for some to look like something.

People on social media were impressed and worried by the similarities in equal measure.

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