There is a lot of talk about the short-term European heatwave with some suggesting that the record-breaking warmth is the result of climate change/global warming.
Some of the media and climate advocates have been over the top in their claims (see below), stating that this event was the result of human-caused global warming.
Such a low center, by enhancing southerly flow moving into the ridge of high pressure, acts as a supercharger for the warmth.
High amplitude, wave patterns can be produced by natural variability and there is no evidence that the ridge in question resulted from global warming.
One should note that major heatwaves periodically hit Europe, such as in 2003 and 1976.
The bottom line is that the recent European heat wave was caused by an amplification of the northern hemisphere wave pattern, with global warming contributing perhaps 5-10% of the warmth. Natural variability of the atmosphere was the proximate cause of the warmth and does not represent an existential threat to the population of Europe.