FRANCE has registered its highest temperature since records began.
The mercury climbed to a stifling 45.9C in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux on Friday. The previous record was 44.1C in 2003.
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest ever temperatures for June.
The spell of exceptionally hot weather affecting much of Europe has reportedly caused at least two deaths from suspected heatstroke in Spain and helped create the conditions for a massive wildfire which has been raging for several days in Tarragona.