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Heatwave hits Europe

Heatwave hits Europe

02/07/10 19:56 CET

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Europeans are sizzling in scorching temperatures as a heatwave hits the continent ahead of the summer holidays. The Belgian capital of Brussels saw its hottest day since 1976.

The city is usually known for its grey and cloudy weather but today it put parts of Spain in the shade as temperatures hit 40 degrees. But while Belgium frollicks in the sun, spare a thought for the employees of this Bordeaux car parts factory.

It’s not yet holiday time in France so they worked on in a sweltering 37 degrees — much to the annoyance of this man. “Our legs hurt. We don’t feel well at all. We can go outside to get a bit of air and after that it’s a bit better,” he said.

In Germany, the mercury has topped 30 plus for most of the past week, with many soaking up the rays in the country’s parks and beer gardens.

They will be hoping the national football team bring them even more sunshine on Saturday by beating Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final clash.

Of course, those in search of sun could always head to a traditional hotspot destination: Benidorm.

This weekend is the first of the summer season when tourists flock to southern Spain’s beaches to top their tans. But with bustling crowds already at near high-season levels, don’t count on finding a spot.

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