The second summer heat wave gripping Europe peaked on Thursday with new all-time record highs set in several countries.
Paris climbed to a stifling 42.6 C breaking the French capital’s previous record high of 40.4 C from July 1947.
The temperature climbed above 40 C in the Netherlands at Gilzen-Rijen for the first time ever when it reached 40.7 C and Lingen, Germany set a new country record of 42.6 C.
Records were also set in Belgium (41.8 C) and Luxembourg (40.8 C).
The UK Met Office is verifying whether a high of 38.7 C at Cambridge is the warmest temperature ever for the United Kingdom.