Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

France reaches it highest temperature ever during Europe's heatwave

France reaches it highest temperature ever during Europe's heatwave

France has hit its all-time heat record at 45.9C (114.4F) as an unprecedented heatwave continues to roast much of the continent.

The current temperature has crossed that of the 2003 heatwave where maximum temperatures hit 44.1 degrees which killed thousands.

This history of the French season was recorded in Villevieille in the southern department of Gard, where the temperature was recorded at 45.1 degree Celsius.

In southern France, four administrative districts were placed on red alert - a warning for a risky heat wave.

Hundreds of colleges had been closed on Friday and water restrictions had been in build aside.

In Germany, the national weather service said temperatures were more than four degrees higher in June than an global reference period of 1981-2010.

Local authorities said that improperly stored chicken dung at a farm in rural northeastern Spain spontaneously combusted in the extreme heat on Wednesday, unleashing a wildfire that continued to burn on into Friday.

Germany broke its records for June temperatures this week, but is saw some respite on Friday, with highs of 27C (80F) in the north and some areas enjoying a "refreshing" 20C (68F).

In the Italian city of Milan, a 72-year-old homeless man was found dead at the main train station after falling ill due to the heatwave, while at least four people have died in Germany. Météo-France, the country's meteorological body, said the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050.

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The injured have been shifted to Sassoon Hospital in the city. "The bodies will be sent to their families by flights to Patna". In July 2016, nine labourers were killed on the spot when a slab of a building under construction collapsed in Balewadi area.


After temperature records in Ukraine, a heat wave moved into the European countries.

Some criticized the government for going overboard, but Prime Minister Edouard Philippe defended the efforts after 15,000 people died in a heat wave in 2003 that woke France up to the risks.

Britain experienced its hottest day of the year so far with temperatures set to reach up to 35 C, the Meteorological Office said.

Several people so far died as a outcome of the extreme temperature.

In the city of Valladolid in central Spain, a man of 93 collapsed and died due to the heat, police said.

Italy put aside 16 cities below alerts for excessive temperatures, and civil safety services distributed water to tourists visiting effectively-known web sites around Rome below a scorching solar. Also, in the outskirts of Cordoba, a 17-year-old agricultural worker reportedly died of heat-related effects after jumping into a swimming pool to cool off after a day working in the fields, regional health authorities informed. Temperatures are forecast to ease in the coming days but will stay high.

Health Minister Agnes Buzyn warned those tempted to plunge into cold water, both young and old, to do so only in designated public bathing areas, adding that four people had drowned since the beginning of the week.

Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg have banned the most-polluting cars from its roads. In a sign of how unusual the June heat wave is, organizers at Lord's Cricket Ground in the city even allowed spectators at the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand to remove their jackets at the pavilion.

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