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Temperatures Hit Record 45°C In Parts Of France

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

6:05 PM - 28 Jun 2019



Temperature records have been broken in France several times today, as the country remains in the midst of a heatwave.

Just before 2pm this afternoon, a new record temperature of 44.3°C was recorded in the town of Carpentras.

That was slightly over a previous high set in August 2003, according to Météo France forecaster Etienne Kapikian.

Around an hour later, 45.1°C was recorded in the small town of Villevieille in Gard - the first time temperatures had reached 45°C in the country.

A third record high was recorded at around 4:20pm in Gallargues-le-Montueux.

The high temperatures came after France issued its highest-level its first ever red level warning for extreme heat.

The system was introduced in 2004 after 15,000 people died in a heatwave.

A number of precautionary measures have been put in place during the heatwave - including closing schools and setting up cool-off areas in cities and parks.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said: "Measures have been taken for the most vulnerable people.

"But given the intensity of the heatwave, it's the entire population who must be careful today - both for oneself and for loved ones and neighbours."

Extreme temperature warnings were also in place today for more than a dozen cities in Italy – including Florence, Rome and Turin.

Countries such as Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic have also seen record temperatures this week.

Main image: Picture by Lewis Joly/AP/Press Association Images


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