Sunday 18 August 2019

Paris sizzles as record temperatures threaten Europe

The French capital could be as hot as 42C.

People cool off next to fountains at the Louvre in Paris (Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP)
People cool off next to fountains at the Louvre in Paris (Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Parts of Europe are bracing for record temperatures as the second heatwave of the summer bakes the continent.

The Paris area could be as hot as 42C (108F) as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa.

Swathes of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland could also face temperatures exceeding 40C (104F).

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People cool off next to fountains at the Louvre in Paris (Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP)

Climate scientists have warned this could become the new normal.

But temperate Europe — where air conditioning is rare — is not equipped for the kind of temperatures in the region this week.

Tourists have been jumping in fountains in a bid to cool down, while authorities are looking to help those such as the elderly, who are often hit hardest by the heat.

Officials in Belgium said the nation has seen temperatures rise past the 40C mark for the first time since records were kept in 1833.

The Belgian meteorological institute said on Thursday that the new record now stood at 40.2C (104.4F), recorded close to Liege in eastern Belgium’s Angleur on Wednesday.

It had said earlier that the 39.9C seen in Kleine Brogel was the new national record.

The institute said that the record could well be broken again on Thursday.

However, there was tragedy in Austria when a two-year-old boy died of dehydration after getting into an overheated parked car at a family farm in the Styria region.

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