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Paris beats all-time heat record in heat wave hitting 40.6C and breaking barriers across Europe

People cover the Rhone Glacier in blankets at the glacial lake above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland on Wednesday July 24 2019. Picture: Peter Klaunzer//AP

PARIS has beaten its all-time heat record, hitting 40.6C amid a heat wave breaking barriers across Europe.

Authorities say the temperature is still rising.

The national weather service Meteo France announced that the new record was reached on Thursday afternoon, beating the previous record of 40.4C in 1947.

It is one of several records set in this week's heatwave, the second wave baking the continent this summer.

France saw its hottest-ever day on record last month, when a southern town reached 46C.

Meanwhile, officials in Belgium said the nation has seen temperatures rise past the 40C mark for the first time since records were kept in 1833.

The Belgian meteorological institute said on Thursday that the new record now stood at 40.2C, recorded close to Liege in eastern Belgium's Angleur on Wednesday.

It had said earlier that the 39.9C seen in Kleine Brogel was the new national record.

However, there was tragedy in Austria when a two-year-old boy died of dehydration after getting into an overheated parked car at a family farm in the Styria region.

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