European heatwave: Hottest day ever in France as temp of 45.9C recorded
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 southern region of Gallargues-le-Montueux saw the mercury reach the astonishing high on Friday, hours after the first new peak of the day was set at 45.1C (113.1F) in nearby Villevieille.
Before the record stood at 44.1C (111F), which was set in August 2003.
Temperatures have been comfortably north of 40C (104F) across France, forcing authorities to raise the national danger alert status to red – the highest level.
It is the first time since a graded heat danger system was introduced – following a deadly fortnight-long heatwave that engulfed Europe in 2003 – that the country has used the top alert.
About 4,000 schools closed because they could not ensure safe conditions, and local authorities cancelled many end-of-school-year carnivals.
Some criticised the government for going overboard, but Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was a justified response to a heatwave that was “exceptional by its intensity and its earliness”……..read more
Source: Sky News