Paris saw a record high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) on Thursday, amid a heatwave that broke records across Western Europe.
A red alert – the highest level – was issued in northern France.
Meanwhile Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also reached new record highs, of 41.8C, 41.5C, 40.8C and 40.7C respectively.
The UK recorded a record temperature for July of 38.1C, with trains told to run more slowly to stop rails buckling.
Weather, of course, is not climate. But it’s hard not to imagine global warming has something to do with it, and quite frankly this terrifies me. Paris is far north of New Jersey. A few weeks ago, a few days in the high 90s in the northeastern USA was a major news story. 109 degrees in New Jersey is unimaginable. And it’s inevitable.