Western Europe hit by record heat wave

By Jonathan Powell in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-07-26 09:30
Sun worshippers enjoy sunshine on a sweltering day in London on July 25, 2019. [Photo/IC]

"The temperature was sky high. It was very bad," Jan Willem Wiersma from Rotterdam told the BBC. "We're happy to be off the train, where it's 15 C less."

The highest temperature recorded in Paris — 40.4 C in 1947 — is expected to be surpassed on Thursday. Temperatures are breaking records in France this week with more than 80 regions on orange heatwave alert, says Meteo France.

France's SNCF rail service, fearing faults because of the "exceptional weather conditions", urged passengers to delay trips, offered them refunds and said its high-speed trains would run slower. Britain's Network Rail said it was slowing trains, too.

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