Europe swelters as heatwave continues

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A packed Malvarrosa beach during a hot day in Valencia, SpainImage copyright
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The Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, Spain, was packed on Saturday as the region experienced high temperatures

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Europe is experiencing another sweltering day as a heatwave that has already claimed several lives continues across parts of the Continent.

Temperatures are forecast to be slightly lower than those recorded on Friday, when France recorded its highest-ever temperature, but could still rise above 40C (104F) in some areas of northern Spain.

Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa and high pressure over central Europe are contributing to the heatwave.

Meanwhile, the UK has recorded the hottest day of the year on Saturday – 33C (91.4F) – with temperatures expected to rise to 34C in London later in the afternoon.

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People cool off in water fountains at Parc Central amid a heatwave in ValenciaImage copyright
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Spain’s national meteorological agency has issued weather alerts to 40 of the country’s 50 regions, with seven of them under extreme alert

A helicopter flies over a wildfire near the city of ToledoImage copyright
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The high temperatures have also contributed to at least two large wildfires in Spain, like this one near the central city of Toledo

Two persons soak their feet in the water of in the Stravinsky fountain in ParisImage copyright
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People soak their feet in the water of the Stravinsky fountain in Paris, where temperatures were set to reach 37C on Saturday

A man gestures as he shows the burnt countryside after a brushfire hit the country around Saint GillesImage copyright
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In the Gard department in southern France, more than 700 firefighters were deployed to tackle a fire that destroyed several houses and vehicles

People bathe in the Trocadero Fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in ParisImage copyright
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On Friday, France registered its highest recorded temperature – 45.9C – in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux

Pilgrims cool down in a fountain as they cover the Santiago Way, in Logrono, Spain,Image copyright
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Pilgrims cool down in a fountain as they cover the Santiago Way, in LogroƱo, on Friday. Spain has recorded at least two deaths as a result of heat-related effects

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People queue to drink water from a public tap near the Duomo Cathedral, in Milan. In Italy, at least one death has been linked to the heatwave

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