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France on red alert as heatwave is forecast to reach record 45C

France recorded its highest-ever temperatures and firefighters continued to battle historic wildfires in Spain as much of western Europe remained in the grip of an extreme early-summer heatwave on Friday.  The French state weather forecaster, Météo-France, said the temperature in Villevieille, in Provence, hit 45.1C hours after the southeastern town of Carpentras reached 44.3C, breaking the previous 2003 record of 44.1C.  “This is historic,” a Météo-France meteorologist, Etienne Kapikian, said. “It’s the first time a temperature in excess of 45C has ever been recorded in France.”  Read more....

 

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