Heatwave in Europe rages on with records broken in France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium

By  James Rothwell | The Telegraph News |

People cool down in the fountains of the Trocadero gardens in Paris Credit: AP

Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands saw more record temperatures on Thursday as Europe continued to bake under a heatwave that has been linked to climate change.

Paris recorded its highest temperatures since records began, with a high of 42.6 C, well above the previous record of 40.4 C in July 1947.

In the sweltering French capital, tourists and locals made a beeline for fountains and pools laid on by the authorities next to the Ourcq canal in the north of the city.

Authorities have warned people to keep an eye on those living alone and also to beware of taking the plunge to cool down, following an increase in drownings.

The baking temperatures are caused by a cauldron of hot air from the Sahara desert which is moving across the continent and being pushed northwards by high pressure.

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