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In pictures: Trying to keep cool in Europe’s heatwave
Copyright  REUTERS/David W Cerny

In pictures: Trying to keep cool in Europe’s heatwave

As temperatures in Europe continue to soar, with forecasters predicting record-breaking heat in the coming days, people across the continent are searching for ways to keep cool.

The heat has affected everything from transport to farming in recent weeks, as several countries have been placed under weather alerts.

And with a hot surge of air sweeping in from Africa over southwestern Europe, temperatures look set to continue rising, with forecasters even warning that the current heat record for Europe of 48°C, recorded in Athens in July 1977, could soon be broken.

From lying in fountains to seeking out shade and ice, take a look at how Europe is keeping cool through the heatwave.

REUTERS/David W Cerny
People cool off at a weir of the Berounka river in the village of Dobrichovice, near Prague, Czech Republic.REUTERS/David W Cerny
REUTERSYves Herman
Boys play in a fountain on a hot summer day in Brussels, Belgium.REUTERSYves Herman
REUTERSFabrizio Bensch
A man reads under a sunshade on a hot, sunny summer day at Berlin's Wannsee lido, Germany.REUTERSFabrizio Bensch
REUTERS/David W Cerny
People are sprayed with water to cool down as temperatures hovered over 37 degrees Celsius, in Prague, Czech Republic.REUTERS/David W Cerny
REUTERS/Heino Kalis
People cool off at the beach during the heatwave in the southeastern coastal town of Benidorm, Spain.REUTERS/Heino Kalis
Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
Elephants of Cirkus Arena are being hosed down by local firefighters during a hot summer day in Gilleleje, Denmark.Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Women cool off in water fountains as temperatures soar throughout the country, in Rome, Italy.REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
People cool off in the water during a hot summer day in Warsaw, Poland.REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Parasols protect sunbathers as a man takes in the sun on an inflatable raft in the sea as summer temperatures hit Nice, France.REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
People cool off in water fountains in Nice as hot summer temperatures continue and authorities maintain a heat wave alert in France.REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
A worker protects his head with a little sun umbrella during hot summer weather on a road construction site in Killwangen, Switzerland.REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
REUTERSAlessandro Bianchi
A white tiger cools off in the water during the hot weather in Biopark zoo in Rome, Italy.REUTERSAlessandro Bianchi
REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Customers eat traditional Japanese Kakigori shaved ice dessert at 'Tenzan Lab' ice cream parlour in Berlin, Germany.REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
REUTERS/Susana Vera
A dog drinks water from a public fountain as temperatures soar throughout the country, in Madrid, Spain.REUTERS/Susana Vera
REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A woman cools off in a fountain as a summer heatwave with high temperatures continues in Paris, France.REUTERS/Regis Duvignau