Much of northern Europe has been sizzling in unseasonably high temperatures sending people scurrying into parks and onto the beach.
In the UK, the Met Office recorded the warmest September day since 1911 with the mercury rising to over 34 degrees Celsius in the south.
“I love it because we don’t really have it during the summer, so just having it during September makes it nicer, to catch up on the sun that we missed out on later on,” said one female sunbather.
Not to be out done, in Brussels people also sought ways to cool off – finding the odd park fountain to dip into and slurping on ice creams.
September is not usually a hot month but some northern regions are experiencing temperatures around 9-12 degrees above normal.
In the Netherlands and Berlin, as health experts warned people to slap on the sun cream and to drink lots of water, for the children it was play time in local rivers.
Worldwide, this year is set to be the hottest since records began in the 19th century. According to the experts it’s due to a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases and an El Nino event that has warmed the Pacific Ocean.