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 village of Gallargues-le-Montueux. Before this year the previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands.
France’s weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas. Those are all in the south, but most of the country remains on orange alert, the second-highest level. The red alert is the highest warning and was issued on Thursday for the Marseille and Montpellier areas in southeastern France, the Associated Press reported. Temperatures in those areas are forecast to reach as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit today.
Several deaths are being blamed on the scorching, record-breaking heat wave blanketing much of Europe. The European press reported that at least two people have died in Spain from the heat, according to the Associated Press. Authorities in France are also linking at least four deaths to the heat, the AP reported.
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15 July, 2019