Much of Western Europe is sweltering in a record-breaking heatwave which reached its peak yesterday. Northern France issued a red alert Paris broke its all-time record with 42.6°C. Belgian, Dutch and German records were broken yesterday for the second time in two days. The United Kingdom was also bracing itself for the possibility of temperatures higher
than the record 38.5°C recorded in Faversham, Kent, in 2003 and they came close - 38.1°C. That made yesterday the second-hottest day on record.
Based on Euronews data
, the following infographic shows the state of temperature records in selected EU countries at 9am CET on 26 July, 2019 in the wake of yesterday's blistering heat. Europe already endured an intense heatwave last month which was the hottest June on record.