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In pictures: Europeans seek to beat the heat as continent sizzles

Children splash among water jets in a fountain during the heatwave in Nice, France, on June 26, 2019.
Children splash among water jets in a fountain during the heatwave in Nice, France, on June 26, 2019. Valéry Hache, AFP

As France, Spain, Italy, Britain and parts of central Europe weathered a record heatwave this week, Europeans looking to stay cool had to get creative. Meteorologists blamed the unusually early summer heat on a scorching blast of hot air from northern Africa, with France recording its hottest temperature ever of 45.9 degrees Celsius Friday. Relief is in sight starting Sunday.

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The Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain, was unusually bereft of mud this year.
The Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain, was unusually bereft of mud this year. Henry Nicholls, Reuters

An older couple beating the heat in Schwarzachtalsee lake in Ertingen, southern Germany, swim past a model boat on June 26, 2019.
An older couple beating the heat in Schwarzachtalsee lake in Ertingen, southern Germany, swim past a model boat on June 26, 2019. Thomas Wamack/dpa/AFP

A woman splashes around at a fountain on the Trocadero esplanade near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 25, 2019.
A woman splashes around at a fountain on the Trocadero esplanade near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 25, 2019. Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP

Dogs cool off at a public fountain in Rome, Italy, on June 24, 2019.
Dogs cool off at a public fountain in Rome, Italy, on June 24, 2019. Tiziana Fabi, AFP

Tourists visiting La Mancha windmills shelter from the heat under umbrellas in Consuegra, central Spain, on June 27, 2019.
Tourists visiting La Mancha windmills shelter from the heat under umbrellas in Consuegra, central Spain, on June 27, 2019. Susana Vera, Reuters

Members of the clergy use umbrellas for shade ahead of the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, on June 26, 2019.
Members of the clergy use umbrellas for shade ahead of the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, on June 26, 2019. Yara Nardi, Reuters

An aerial photo shows young people on a water trampoline at the Bettenkamper Meer natural bathing place in Moers, western Germany, on June 29, 2019.
An aerial photo shows young people on a water trampoline at the Bettenkamper Meer natural bathing place in Moers, western Germany, on June 29, 2019. Arnulf Stoffel/dpa/AFP

Children play among water jets in a fountain during the heatwave in Nice, France, on June 26, 2019.
Children play among water jets in a fountain during the heatwave in Nice, France, on June 26, 2019. Valéry Hache, AFP

People float around Lake Geneva, Switzerland, on paddle boats on June 27, 2019.
People float around Lake Geneva, Switzerland, on paddle boats on June 27, 2019. Denis Balibouse, Reuters

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