France hits record temperature at 44.3C as heatwave burns Europe

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France recorded its  highest ever temperature – 44.3C (111.7F) – amid a heatwave in Europe which is thought to have claimed lives.

The new record was measured in the southern town of Carpentras. The previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands, BBC reported.

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As per reports schools have been shut and officials are checking on vulnerable people.

France’s weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas.

Those are all in the south, but most of the country remains on orange alert, the second highest level.

The weather service said the new record – measured at 13:48 local time (11:48 GMT) – remained provisional as temperatures could climb higher sti

Several people are believed to have lost their lives as a result of the extreme temperatures, including two who died from suspected heatstroke in Spain.

In southern France, the areas of Gard, Vaucluse, Hérault and Bouches-du-Rhône are expected to see temperatures between 42C and 45C on Friday.