New all-time record highs across Europe

Paris (AP)

Cooling off in Paris near Eiffel Tower, 25 July 2019 (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

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.

Historic heat in Western Europe

The jet stream has carried hot air from northern Africa across western Europe which is shattering all-time record highs in numerous countries.

The second extreme heat wave this summer has set new maximums in Belgium at 38.9 C, the Netherlands at 39.2 C and Germany at 40.5 C.

Bordeaux, France reached 41.2 C on Tuesday which was its highest temperature ever.

Thanks to the urban heat island effect, major cities are more prone to hot weather than rural areas and don’t cool down that much overnight.

On Thursday, the UK Met Office believes Britain could smash its current historic high of 38.5 C recorded in Faversham in August 2003.

Severe flooding in Western Europe

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Seine River overflows in Paris, France, 02 June 2016 (Getty Images)


Water levels on the Seine River in Paris are decreasing after peaking earlier today at more than five metres above normal – a 35-year high.

However, French officials say it could be days before the Seine returns to normal.

Curators at the Louvre were scrambling to move tens of thousands of artworks from basement storage to safer areas upstairs.

Days of rain have soaked Western Europe and at least 16 people have been killed by flooding in parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.

Snow snarls travel in Western Europe

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow and freezing conditions disrupted various forms of travel across Western Europe today.

Eurostar train service between London and Paris was halted and plows couldn’t keep up with the snow at Frankfurt Airport where hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Forecasters say the snow was the result of cold air from Russia colliding with a low pressure system over northern France.

Motorists were also stuck in their cars in southern England where as much as 15 cm of snow fell.