Hottest-ever day recorded in Paris as heatwave reaches climax

A temperature of 42.6°C was registered in Paris on Thursday, beating a previous record high of 40.4°C in 1947, as most of France bore the brunt of a massive heatwave blanketing western Europe this week and which is due to begin diminishing on Friday. 

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Paris saw a record high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) on Thursday, amid a heatwave that broke records across Western Europe, reports BBC News.