Temperatures in Europe today began to cool from 114F to 99F after the record temperatures caused forest fires and killed five in the last two days.
While France & # 39; s highest temperature was ever recorded in the Gard yesterday at 114F (45.9C), the area today saw a 15-degree drop with an increase in mercury to 99F (34C).
And gay professionals were forced to cool down under a municipal water fountain when they participated in the Paris parade today – where temperatures reached 96F (36C).
An eruption near the city of Toledo in Spain forced the evacuation of 22 residents because water drop aircraft helped firefighters on the ground
The fires raged for hours while firefighters adjusted the massive helicopters eruption when temperatures in Spain were high
The highest temperature in Europe was found today in Madrid, where the mercury reached 102F (39C).
More than 700 firefighters and ten planes were deployed to tackle the fires in the Gard, some of which were closed off from motorways.
Despite the highs that are still rising to almost 100F, temperatures are starting to fall in the coming days, to 94F (34C) in the Gard by Wednesday.
French media said a man was arrested for deliberately starting fires in a village in the Gard.
In Saint-Gilles, in the Gard region of France, a fire broke out that burned 620 hectares and 700 firefighters were deployed to tackle it
People enjoy the hot summer weather on a water trampoline at a lake in Moers, Germany, amid a heat wave throughout Europe
Further north, Paris would experience the hottest day of the heat wave so far with a predicted height of 37 degrees.
Authorities in the capital enforced a ban on driving older cars to curb heat wave-related pollution.
The World Meteorological Organization said this week that 2019 was on track to become one of the world's hottest years, and 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period.
It said the European heat wave & # 39; absolutely consistent & # 39; was with extremes related to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
In Madrid many made the most of the heat wave by taking the water in a lake in Retiro Park when the temperatures exceeded 100F.
A priest is cooling off in the fountain of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican this afternoon. Italy placed 16 cities under high temperature warnings and the civil services distributed water to tourists
The parade took place on the occasion of 50 years ago that the Stonewall riots in New York were the reason for the worldwide movement for gay rights
For a fourth consecutive day, unusually high temperatures above 43 degrees were predicted on Saturday throughout Spain.
Forty out of the 50 & # 39; s regions of Spain have been placed under weather warnings, seven of which are considered extremely dangerous, according to the national meteorological agency.
In the northeastern city of Girona, mercury reached a record high of 111F (43.9C) on Friday, the highest temperature ever in the Catalan city.
Firefighters managed to contain 90 percent of the forest fires that raged over 60 square kilometers of land in the northeastern province of Tarragona, the Catalan government said today.
Two other forest fires in the central Toledo region were still burning, officials said.
People cool off in water fountains at Parc Central amid a heat wave in Valencia today. Spain was hit by more forest fires because the temperatures remained high
Gay Pride revelers in Paris danced in the water sprayed by firefighter when the temperature rose to 96F in the French capital
The heat killed at least three people as the temperature rose in central and northern Italy, while hospitals in the financial capital of Milan saw a 35 percent increase in emergency visits due to heat-related conditions, local media reported.
The demand for power in the city increased as people raised the air conditioning, creating sporadic blackouts in shops and restaurants. The expectation is that the temperatures will decrease in the coming days, but that they will still remain warm.
With France, Spain, Italy and parts of Central Europe that are hit hard by the highest temperatures ever, officials argued for precautionary measures.
France's new record temperature of 114.62F (45.9C) was recorded on Friday in Gallargues-le-Montueux, a village in the southern department of Gard near Montpellier, surpassing records set earlier in the day, Meteo-France said.
This is the same area where the previous high of 111.38F (44.1C) was placed in August 2003 since the beginning of the records at the beginning of the 20th century.
Two people enjoy their feet in the water of the Stravinsky fountain in Paris on June 29, 2019, during today's heatwave. Europe braced itself for a deadly heat wave
According to the weather service, the new high was comparable to the August temperatures in the Death Valley in California.
Earlier Friday the mercury rose above 111.2F (44C) in the southeastern French town of Carpentras. The city was deserted and café owners looked at empty terraces that would normally be packed.
& # 39; We have never seen this before! & # 39; exclaimed one.
France is only the seventh European country to register a plus 113F (45C) temperature, along with Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece and Northern Macedonia, according to Meteo France.
The hot flood has also caused major fires, including in Spain, where firefighters fought fresh forest fires on Saturday in strong winds and fiery heat, just as they had managed to finally contain an inferno after nearly 72 hours.
Meteorologists blame a blast of hot air from North Africa for the blazing early European summer, but the heat is due to die from Sunday.
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