Multiple European Cities Shatter Heat Records

The temperature rose to almost 109 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris on Thursday.
Posted at 7:59 AM, Jul 26, 2019

Record high temperatures were recorded in multiple European cities on Thursday as a heat wave continues to bake the continent.

Cities in the Netherlands and Belgium saw temperatures reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while a town in northern Germany clocked in at 107 degrees.

But it was Paris that was one of the hottest — logging a new record-high temperature of almost 109 degrees. In anticipation of the soaring temps, France's weather service had placed 20 districts in the northern part of the country on red-alert, it's highest heat warning.

Experts predict these scorching temps will help make July 2019 Earth's hottest month since records started almost 140 years ago. This after a similar heat wave settled over parts of Europe last month. 

But many cities in Europe aren't designed to handle the heat well. The European Council says 72% of the EU's population lives in cities, towns and suburbs filled with asphalt and concrete that essentially trap the heat in place. Additionally, less than 10 percent of European households have air conditioning.

Meteorologists say widespread rain and thunderstorms should help cool things off across parts of Europe over the weekend.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.