A heatwave that smashed temperature records in northern Europe finally relented Friday but thousands of holidaymakers were snared in travel chaos that followed the hot weather.
Paris was expected to see the mercury soar to as much as 41 or 42 degrees Celsius, breaking a 70-year-plus record of 40.4C (104.7 Fahrenheit) and turning the UNESCO-listed capital into a baking urban bowl.
The Met Office, Britain's national weather forecaster, said there was a 40% chance that the record of 38.5 degrees Celsius (101.3°F), set in Kent in 2003, will be broken.
The German Weather Service registered 41.5˚C in Lingen, in the west, which had posted 40.9˚C earlier in the day.
A British record high temperature, 38.7°C (101.6 Fahrenheit), may have been reached on Thursday, provisional data from the UK Met Office showed on Friday.
Europe was bracing itself for a sweltering on Saturday as the heatwave continued across the continent. The Meteo-France weather service lifted its red warning but forecast
India typically witnesses water scarcity during summer months, but the situation this year is particularly bad in western and southern states which received less than normal rainfall in the 2018 monsoon season.
As Europe sizzled Tuesday at the start of a heatwave tipped to break records, drivers on Germany's famously speedy motorways were ordered to slow down and fans at the women's World Cup were showered in health warnings.
British Airways has grounded at least 40 arrivals and departures, almost all of them at Heathrow – where it cancelled more than 100 flights on Friday. At Gatwick, easyJet has so far grounded at least 10 arrivals and departures, adding to the backlog after dozens were cancelled on Friday.