Temperatures have reached 44 degrees Celcius in parts of Europe over the last few days and France may reach its highest-ever recorded temperature on Friday, with temperatures expected to exceed 40C-45C.

The record is 44C, which was recorded in 2003, which killed thousands of people.
France’s national weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert warning for four regions in the south and remainder of the country remains on orange alert.
In southern France, areas of Gard, Vaucluse, Herault, and Bouches-du-Rhone are expected to see temperatures between 42C and 46C today, Friday 28th of June. Other countries including Germany, France, Poland, and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest-ever June temperatures, and in Spain, firefighters are battling Catalonia’s worst wildfires in 20 years.
Temperatures climbed towards 44 degrees in parts of northern Spain and  France, driving many people to seek relief in the sea, rivers, lakes, fountains and pools.

The Italian Health Ministry said seven cities, including Florence, Rome, and Turin already were at Italy’s highest heat warning level on Thursday. On Friday, 16 cities will be under alerts for high temperatures.

Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa is responsible, caused by high pressure over central Europe and a storm stalling over the Atlantic.