Europe endures second heat wave of the summer
Paris joined the growing list of all-time high temperatures being broken as the second blistering heat wave of the summer gripped a wide swath of Europe.
Following the record warm start to the day, Thursday is bringing the peak of the deadly heat wave in France as temperatures soared to 42.6 C (108.7 F) in Paris. That breaks the city’s all-time high temperature record of 40.4 C (104.7 F) at Parc Montsouris, set more than 70 years ago.
A day after setting these records on Wednesday, the Netherlands and Germany registered new all-time high temperatures on Thursday.
In the Netherlands, temperatures rose to 41.7 C (107.1 F) at Deelen. This is the first ever occurrence of a temperature at or above 40 C (104.0 F) in the country.
In Germany, a high of 41.5 C (106.7 F) was recorded at Lingen. Prior to this heat wave, the country’s previous record of 40.3 C (104.5 F) was from 5 July 2015.
Thursday marked the third consecutive day of records falling as Europe endures it second heat wave of the summer.
Bordeaux, in southwestern France, reported its highest ever temperature on Tuesday as the mercury climbed to 41.2 C (106.2 F). Several other locations across southwestern France also reported all-time high temperatures on Tuesday, according to Meteo France.
Belgium also set an all-time high temperature on Wednesday when temperatures soared to 39.9 C (103.8 F) in Kleine Brogel.
Records were even broken on Wednesday night with France setting a preliminary record for the all-time warmest night.
In Paris, the temperature at Parc Montsouris only dropped to 25.0 C (77 F) and broke the city’s July highest low temperature record. For an entire calendar year, Wednesday night is the third all-time warmest behind the 25.5 C (77.9 F) reading on 11 and 12 August 2003.