France Hits Its Highest Ever Recorded Temperature

David Layde
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France set a new record temperature today of 44.3 degrees celsius — and then broke that record again just two hours later.

A Metéo France forecaster tweeted to say another town in the southeast of the country hit forty-five point one degrees celsius in the last hour.

Red weather alerts have been issued across Europe as the continent is gripped by an intense heatwave.

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Authorities in France brought in a new graded heat danger system after a heatwave in 2003 killed tens of thousands of people.

Elsewhere, hundreds of firefighters are battling a wildfire in Catalonia in Spain – the worst fire in the region in 20 years.

Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest-ever June temperatures.