France hits all-time record temperature of nearly 115 degrees
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France recorded its highest-ever temperature on Friday, reaching nearly 115 degrees.

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The town of Gallargues-le-Montueux in southern France saw a peak of 114.6 degrees Friday afternoon, beating the previous record of 111.4 degrees recorded during the deadly 2003 heat wave in the southern town of Conqueyrac, The Washington Post reports.

A forecaster for the country’s meteorological agency tweeted that in addition to Gallargues-le-Montueux, 12 other French cities beat the 2003 record on Friday.

The forecaster also tweeted that nearly 20 cities observed their warmest-ever low temperatures on Thursday morning.

Europe braced for the historic heat wave earlier in the week, with peak temperatures expected to hit midweek in the region spanning from Spain to Poland.

Heat waves are said to be especially dangerous and deadly early on in the summer season, because people haven’t had time to adapt to the higher temperatures and lower air quality.

The continent saw record-breaking temperatures in 2018, with Sweden, Finland and Norway reaching unprecedented levels.