France hits record temperature of 45.8C

Fri 28 Jun 2019 16:23 GMT | 20:23 Local Time

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France has hit its highest recorded temperature - 45.8C (114.4F) - amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives, APA reports citing BBC.

The new record was measured in the southern town of Gallargues-le-Montueux. Before this year the previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands. Health Minister Agnès Buzyn has said, "everyone is at risk".

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 an orange alert, the second highest level.

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