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France weather: heat wave is spreading throughout Europe

Spain, which is on Friday to deal with the consequences of a forest fire in the northeast of the country, according to its national weather authority AEMET set to temperatures of up to 42 degrees. The country is still affected by a "mass of tropical wind from Africa".

And Britain, with the mercury at some distance the hottest day of the year, rises to 33 degrees Celsius and threatens the country's hottest June mark of 35.6 degrees in 1976.

The hot weather hits sports events throughout Europe, including the first major league baseball game ever played in London. Given the unusual heatwave in June, the organizers at the Lord's Cricket Ground in the city even had the spectators pull out their jackets in the pavilion at the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand .

At Glastonbury, night owls laid off the dirt-repellent boots normally associated with the UK's most famous music festival – and the showers on Worthy Farm grounds were closed to save water.

The Continent has baked in the heat Weeks in action are kicking cities to prevent them from becoming deadly.

The French authorities have taken a number of radical steps this week to prevent a repeat of the tragic consequences of the 2003 heatwave, which killed around 14,000 people. Around 4,000 schools in the country were closed on Friday and the opening hours of parks and public swimming pools were extended.

Paris has activated its emergency heat plan compiled after the 2003 heatwave last weekend. Cooling rooms have been opened in some of the city's buildings, and fog lights have been installed in the streets of the city, where temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

  Firefighters extinguished fires on Saturday after a bushfire in France hit the south.

Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic all recorded their highest June temperatures of the week.

And the heat is set on In the coming days we move east. Countries such as Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary are preparing for the marks at the beginning of the next week in the mid-1930s.

Climatologists have warned that heat waves like these are becoming more and more frequent and violent due to the climate crisis. According to Météo-France, the country's meteorological body, the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050.

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