Up to 114 degrees in France: Record heat in Europe forces tourists to adapt

PARIS — Europeans aren’t breathing a sigh of relief just yet following a day of record-breaking heat, with temperatures soaring once again on Saturday.

The unusual heat has left many struggling to cope in the French capital where homes and buildings are not designed for steamy conditions or equipped with air conditioning.

“We were not expecting this, so when we booked our Airbnb, we literally didn’t check that it doesn’t have air conditioning,” said Sampada Jadhav, 32, sitting under the trees at the Jardin du Palais Royal with her spouse Jay Ghag.

The pair — who split their time between Mumbai, India and Bakersfield, Calif. — are used to the heat but were hoping for more comfortable temperatures.

Jay Ghag, 34 and Sampada Jadhav, 32 seek shade in the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris on June 29, 2019 as heatwave continues to bake Europe.Linda Givetash

Jadhav said they changed their sight-seeing plans to ensure they’d be in museums and other attractions that are climate controlled during the hottest times of the day, and Ghag packed a bag full of water bottles.

The week-long blast of hot air from the Sahara sparked a massive wildfire in Spain and brought France its hottest day ever, with temperatures reaching 114.4 degrees in the southern town of Gallargues-le-Montueux.

Records were also broken in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

The situation is reflective of a global trend in extreme weather.

“Between 2000 and 2016 the number of people exposed worldwide to heatwaves increased by an estimated 126 million,” the World Meteorological Organization said in a statement Friday, adding that it puts people at risk of heat stroke, dehydration and cardiovascular diseases.

Nancy Ing contributed.

source: nbcnews.com