Western Europe hit by record heat wave

By Jonathan Powell in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-07-26 09:30
A bicyclist seeking heat relief rides through a splash pad in Eindhoven, North Brabant, the Netherlands, as others look for ways to cool down in the square on July 24, 2019. Among the strategies added to the routines of daily life are dipping in water fountains, drinking plenty of of water, liquids or other beverages, and staying in the shade to hide from harshest rays of the sun. [Photo/VCG]

Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have recorded their highest ever temperatures in a heat wave searing Western Europe.

The high-pressure hot air mass that is grilling Europe, has lifted surface air temperatures in Germany beyond 40 Celsius and left France bracing for up to 42 C on Thursday.

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