Several French cities record high temperatures
A slew of towns and villages across France recorded their highest ever temperatures on Monday as the country endured a heat wave, the national meteorological office said.
The mercury reached 39.3 degrees Celsius in Brest, on the Atlantic coast, in the far northwest of the country, against a previous record of 35.1 degrees Celsius dating from 2002.
Saint-Brieuc on the Channel coast sizzled at 39.5C against a previous record of 38.1C, while west of Nantes recorded 42C, beating a previous record of 40.3C C established in 1949.
The record temperature recorded in mainland France dates back to 2019 when the southern village of Verargues, northeast of Montpellier, experienced 46°C.
Drought conditions and intense heat since the start of summer have left much of France dry, causing problems for farmers and sparking forest fires.
Firefighters struggle to contain a blaze on the Atlantic coast west of Bordeaux near the famous Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe.