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Paris hits new heat record, London boils in Europe heatwave

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:00 AM
A boy jumps into the water at the beach in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Parts of Europe will likely see record-high temperatures on Thursday as much of the continent is trapped in a heat wave, the second in two months. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
People flock to Broadstairs beach in Kent, England, Thursday July 25, 2019. Paris and London and many parts of Europe are bracing for record temperatures as the second heat wave this summer bakes the continent. The Paris area could be as hot as 42 C (108 F) Thursday as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that's trapped between cold stormy systems. (Wesley Johnson/PA via AP)
A girl cools off by jumping through a park fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium braced itself for code red, extreme heat warning, on Thursday as temperatures soared during the second heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A mother and child cool off by walking through a park fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium braced itself for code red, extreme heat warning, on Thursday as temperatures soared during the second heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A girl cools off by standing in a park fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium braced itself for code red, extreme heat warning, on Thursday as temperatures soared during the second heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A woman sits on a breakwater in front of the Mediterranean sea in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Parts of Europe will likely see record-high temperatures on Thursday as much of the continent is trapped in a heat wave, the second in two months. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A girl cools off by jumping through a park fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium braced itself for code red, extreme heat warning, on Thursday as temperatures soared during the second heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
People cool off by walking through a park fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium braced itself for code red, extreme heat warning, on Thursday as temperatures soared during the second heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
People cool off at the beach in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Parts of Europe will likely see record-high temperatures on Thursday as much of the continent is trapped in a heat wave, the second in two months. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Men jump into the water at the beach in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Parts of Europe will likely see record-high temperatures on Thursday as much of the continent is trapped in a heat wave, the second in two months. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
People cool off next to the fountains at Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Temperatures in Paris are forecast to reach 41 degrees C (86 F), on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
People cool off next to the fountains at Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Temperatures in Paris are forecast to reach 41 degrees C (86 F), on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
People cool off in a fountain in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Europeans are jumping into public fountains and the sea to keep cool as parts of Europe could see a record-breaking heat wave. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A bird sits on a straw bale on a field in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises on Thursday, July 25, 2019. A heatwave struck large parts of Europe. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A man passes a fountain on an extreme hot summer day, with highs of 40 degrees Celsius, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in the center of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Europe faces another heatwave with record temperatures. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Two men cool off in a public fountain near the Atomium during a summer hot day in Brussels, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Europeans are jumping into public fountains and the sea to keep cool as parts of Europe could see a record-breaking heat wave. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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PARIS (AP):

Record temperatures are being set across Europe, including in Paris, as the continent sweltered Thursday in what was its second heatwave this summer.

Climate scientists warn that this could become the new normal in many parts of the world. But temperate Europe – where air conditioning is rare – isn’t equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week.

So tourists frolicked in fountains to seek relief, and authorities and volunteers fanned out to help the elderly, sick, and homeless hit hardest by the heat. Trains were cancelled in Britain and France, and French authorities urged travellers to stay home.

One by one, heat records are being broken across Europe. On Thursday afternoon the Paris area hit 42.4° C (108.3° F), beating the previous record of 40.4° C (104.8° F) set in 1947. Authorities said the temperature was still rising as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that trapped between cold stormy systems.

The Netherlands and Belgium also reported new record heats.

The Netherlands’ meteorological institute said 40.4° C (104.72° F) was recorded Thursday in the municipality of Gilze Rijen, near the border with Belgium. That just eclipsed the 39.3° C (102.74° F) recorded a day earlier in the southern city of Eindhoven.

In Belgium, the new all-time high rose to 40.6° C (105.° F).

“This is the highest recorded temperature for Belgium in history since the beginning of the measurements in 1833,” said Alex Dewalque from the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium.

Britain also expects to breach the 39° C (102° F) mark for the first time after London recording its hottest day on record for July, with the mercury climbing to 36.9°C (98°F) at Heathrow Airport.