A new record for Paris, 42.4 degrees Celsius. The City of Light swelters.
July record set for Amsterdam. In the UK, orders have gone out that trains must slow down to avoid warping the steel rails. A new record for Germany, 41.5C.
The chief architect responsible for restoring the Notre-Dame warned that the extreme heat could lead to the cathedral roof collapsing if the joints and masonry holding up the roof dry out. French reports suggested five deaths may have resulted from the heatwave.
Comparisons were drawn to a heatwave in August 2003 which contributed to almost 15,000 deaths in the country.