Euro Heat Wave Report: France Experiences Hottest Day in its History

By Paul Riegler on 30 June 2019
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A walk in the Bavarian Alps

A walk in the Bavarian Alps

As Europe’s June heat wave drew to a close, Villevielle, a small town in France on Friday reported the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature, 113.2° F (45.1° C). Just a few hours later, that record was surpassed by the temperature in Gallargues-le-Monteueux, which reached 114.6° F (45.9° C).

Meanwhile, Germany recorded a new high temperature for June, just days after the early heat wave toppled a 72-year-old record.

The Deutscher Wetterdienst reported that the town of Bad Kreuznach had recorded a daytime high temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) and added that a later reading showed the mercury climbing to 102.7° F (39.3° C) although the Wetterdienst said that reading has not yet been confirmed.

Météo-France said that daytime temperatures in southern France were akin to those in August in California’s Death Valley.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe described the heat as “exceptional in its precocity and intensity.”

The coming week will bring more typical, cooler temperatures as July rolls in. The high for Bad Kreuznach on Monday is expected to be 82° F (28° C) and Gallargues-le-Monteueux expects a balmy 93° F (34° C).

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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