The world’s first named heat wave hit Seville, Spain, this week, pushing temperatures past 110 degrees Fahrenheit and earning the most severe tier in the city’s new heat wave ranking system. Heatwave “Zoe” brought high temperatures to the southern part of Spain, particularly in the region of Andalucia.

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June was Europe’s second hottest June recorded, according to European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Seville launched a new pilot program last month for ranking and naming heat waves. The most severe heat waves get names that will be given out in reverse alphabetical order. There are also three tiers from Category 1 to Category 3 being the most severe. Heat waves are ranked after looking at daytime temperatures, nighttime lows, humidity, and the heat’s expected effects on human health.

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Each tier has a different set of emergency responses, like issued weather alerts, the opening of cooling centers, and dispatching health teams to check on vulnerable populations.

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