People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a new heatwave broke temperature records in France, July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Soaring temperatures broke records in Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands Thursday, as a heat wave gripped Europe for the second time in a month in what scientists said were becoming more frequent events as the planet heats up.The mercury in Paris touched 42.6 C in midafternoon, above the previous Paris record of 40.4 C recorded in July 1947 .In Britain, the temperature reached its highest for July, hitting 38.1 C, said the Met Office, the national weather service. The temperature, recorded in Cambridge, beat the previous July record of 36.7 C in 2015 . In the southern Netherlands, the temperature peaked at 40.4 C, topping 40 C for the first time on record, Dutch meteorology institute KNMI said. Since the preindustrial period the Earth's surface temperature has risen by 1 degree Celsius.
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