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France Braces For Record 45 Celsius as Europe Swelters

World | Associated Press | June 28, 2019, 7:22 pm
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 France has hit its highest ever recorded temperature -- 44.3 degrees Celsius -- amid a heatwave in Europe which is disrupting normal life, claiming lives as well as prompting governments to issue health alerts. (Image: AP)

France has hit its highest ever recorded temperature -- 44.3 degrees Celsius -- amid a heatwave in Europe which is disrupting normal life, claiming lives as well as prompting governments to issue health alerts. (Image: AP)

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 The new record was measured in the southern town of Carpentras. The previous record was 44.1 degrees Celsius during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands. (Image: AP)

The new record was measured in the southern town of Carpentras. The previous record was 44.1 degrees Celsius during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands. (Image: AP)

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 France's weather service issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas -- all in the south, but most of the country remains on an orange alert, the second highest level. About 4,000 schools have been shut in France. (Image: AP)

France's weather service issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas -- all in the south, but most of the country remains on an orange alert, the second highest level. About 4,000 schools have been shut in France. (Image: AP)

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 The heatwave has already caused flash floods and forest fires, grounded planes, buckled train tracks, led to school closures and warnings over air quality in Europe. (Image: AP)

The heatwave has already caused flash floods and forest fires, grounded planes, buckled train tracks, led to school closures and warnings over air quality in Europe. (Image: AP)

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 France has set up temporary water fountains in built-up areas and is allowing public pools to open late into the night. (Image: AP)

France has set up temporary water fountains in built-up areas and is allowing public pools to open late into the night. (Image: AP)

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 French Health Minister Agnus Buzyn said she was concerned about the increase in calls to emergency service numbers as a result of the heatwave. She called on members of the public to avoid

French Health Minister Agnus Buzyn said she was concerned about the increase in calls to emergency service numbers as a result of the heatwave. She called on members of the public to avoid "risky behaviour" like leaving children in cars or jogging outside in the middle of the day. (Image: AP)

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 Swathes of the continent are experiencing sweltering heat, with Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and others recording their highest-ever June temperatures. (Image: AP)

Swathes of the continent are experiencing sweltering heat, with Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and others recording their highest-ever June temperatures. (Image: AP)

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 In the UK, the police warned people of the dangers of cooling off in rivers and lakes after a 12-year-old girl drowned in the River Irwell in Greater Manchester. (Image: AP)

In the UK, the police warned people of the dangers of cooling off in rivers and lakes after a 12-year-old girl drowned in the River Irwell in Greater Manchester. (Image: AP)

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 Meteorologists blame hot air drawn in from northern Africa for the extreme heat, caused by high pressure over central Europe and a storm stalling over the Atlantic. (Image: AP)

Meteorologists blame hot air drawn in from northern Africa for the extreme heat, caused by high pressure over central Europe and a storm stalling over the Atlantic. (Image: AP)

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 A couple rests on a bench in Paris. (Image: AP)

A couple rests on a bench in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 A boy jumps into the Mediterranean Sea. (Image: AP)

A boy jumps into the Mediterranean Sea. (Image: AP)

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 Woman water her cap to refresh outside the Louvre museum in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected to go up to 39 degrees in the Paris area (102 F) later this week. (Image: AP)

Woman water her cap to refresh outside the Louvre museum in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected to go up to 39 degrees in the Paris area (102 F) later this week. (Image: AP)

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 Girls wearing swimsuits sit along the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. Schools are spraying kids with water and nursing homes are equipping the elderly with hydration sensors as France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

Girls wearing swimsuits sit along the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. Schools are spraying kids with water and nursing homes are equipping the elderly with hydration sensors as France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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 Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 People cool off themselves by taking a dip at the Mediterranean Sea on a beach of Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

People cool off themselves by taking a dip at the Mediterranean Sea on a beach of Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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 A man sunbathes on the Seine river banks in Paris. (Image: AP)

A man sunbathes on the Seine river banks in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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 Two women cool off at the Trocadero public fountain in Paris. (Image: AP)

Two women cool off at the Trocadero public fountain in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 A woman holding an umbrella walks past a fountain in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. (Image: AP)

A woman holding an umbrella walks past a fountain in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children water their belongings to cool off outside the Louvre museum in Paris. (Image: AP)

Children water their belongings to cool off outside the Louvre museum in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 People cool off themselves by taking a dip at the Mediterranean Sea on a beach of Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

People cool off themselves by taking a dip at the Mediterranean Sea on a beach of Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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 A man puts his feet in a fountain in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected to go up to 39 degrees in the Paris area (102 F) later this week. Such temperatures are rare in France, where most homes and many buildings are not air-conditioned. (Image: AP)

A man puts his feet in a fountain in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected to go up to 39 degrees in the Paris area (102 F) later this week. Such temperatures are rare in France, where most homes and many buildings are not air-conditioned. (Image: AP)

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 A man uses a hose along the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. (Image: AP)

A man uses a hose along the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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 People sail on the Canal de l'Ourcq decorated for a summer festival in Paris. (Image: AP)

People sail on the Canal de l'Ourcq decorated for a summer festival in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 A dog jumps into the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. (Image: AP)

A dog jumps into the Canal de l'Ourcq in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

Children play at a fountain in a park in Paris. (Image: AP)

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 Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

Children dive into the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, southern France. France and other nations battle a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe. (Image: AP)

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