Paris recorded an all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.
Météo-France said the temperature recorded around 4:30 p.m. local time was the highest ever measured for the city, breaking the previous record of 40.4 Celsius (104.7 Fahrenheit) in 1947. Elsewhere in France, temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). A blistering heat wave scorched through Europe. Belgium recorded its highest temperature ever on Thursday of 40.7 Celsius (105.3 Fahrenheit) in Beitem in the West Flanders province, beating record of 39.9 Celsius (103.8 Fahrenheit) set on Wednesday. In the Netherlands, temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time in its history.
The UK beat its July record temperature of 36.7 Celsius (98.1 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, with temperatures measuring in at 38.1 Celsius (100.6 Fahrenheit). In Germany, a town in Lower Saxony, a new record of 41.5 degrees Celsius (106.7 degrees Fahrenheit) was measured. Scientists warn that the world should expect more scorching heat waves due to climate change and that current temperature highs are in line with predictions made over a decade ago. "Climate change is without doubt 'loading the dice' and making heat waves much more likely and much more severe," according to Michael Byrne, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland.