Heatwave hits central Europe

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Heatwave hits central Europe

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The south of France is known for long hot summers but not Paris. However the French capital, along with much of the rest of central Europe is experiencing an unusual mid-August heatwave.

Temperatures in Paris reached 37 degrees on Sunday while the Belgian capital Brussels hit 36 degrees.

Britain’s media claimed the UK was sweltering this weekend in temperatures higher than the Caribbean. But they were no match for Germany where thermometers hit the 40s in many regions.

Officials said electricity usage has skyrocketed as fans and air conditioners are turned up across Europe.

In some French and German towns, they have not seen similar temperatures since the 1920s.

The heatwave, caused by hot air drifting from the Sahara desert, is moving to northern Europe next.