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France hits highest recorded temperature of 45.1°C

Heatwave burns Europe

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France hits highest recorded temperature of 45.1°C, heatwave burns Europe, The World Meteorological Organization said that 2019 was on track to be among the world’s hottest years. France has hit its highest recorded temperature - 45.9C (114.6F) - amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was measured in the southern town of Carpentras. The previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands, BBC reported.

The World Meteorological Organization said 2019 was on track to be among the world’s hottest years, and that 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period on record. It said the European heatwave was “absolutely consistent” with extremes linked to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

The French national weather service activated its highest level heat danger alert for the first time, putting four regions around Marseille and Montpellier in the south of the country under special watch. Four administrative departments in France were placed on red alert, signalling temperatures of “dangerous intensity” that are more typical of Saudi Arabia.

In France, one boy was seriously hurt when he was thrown back by a jet of water from a fire hydrant. Some 4,000 schools were either closed or running a limited service to help working parents unable to stay at home. Some criticised the government for going overboard, but prime minister Edouard Philippe defended the efforts, referencing the 15,000 people who died in a heatwave in 2003. The unusually high temperatures are forecast to last until early next week.

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