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The heat wave that hit Europe this week has already claimed several lives across the continent.

Temperatures in France were slightly lower than on June 28, when the country recorded its highest-ever temperature.

However, some areas of northern Spain saw temperatures soar above 40C (104F), with the city of Zaragoza recording 42C (108F) and a meteorological station between the Catalan towns of Vinebre and Masroig – close to an area already hit by wildfires – recording 43.3C (110F).

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In France’s southern Vaucluse region, a cyclist died after falling ill in the heat. According to officials, the cyclist had been in a mountainous region and warned people against engaging in sporting activity.

According to meteorologists, the hot air drawn in from northern Africa and high pressure over central Europe are contributing to the heat wave.

The UK recorded its hottest day of the year on June 29, with the temperature reaching 34C (93.2F) at Northolt and Heathrow airports in west London.

On June 28, France registered its highest recorded temperature – 45.9C (114.6F) – in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux.