In pictures: Europe is suffocating under near-record temperatures

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Much of Europe has been basking in a mini heat wave since Friday, and countries like the UK, France and Spain have seen near-record temperatures. But with lockdowns and social distancing measures in place across the continent, it’s a summer like no other.

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In the Spanish capital, Madrid, face masks are mandatory due to an outbreak of cases – and coverings must be worn even during the heat


A woman cools off in the water in a square in Cordoba, Spain

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A woman cools off in the Spanish city of Cordoba where temperatures have reached 40 ° C


People enjoy the warm weather by the Thames in London, Great Britain

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People sunbathe while socializing in London, UK, where temperatures soared to 34C on Friday


People enjoy the warm weather in the Waal river in Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Locals also took advantage of the beaches of Nijmegen in the Netherlands


People enjoy spraying water as a heat wave rolls over Paris, France

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Residents have found creative ways to stay cool in Paris. France has put 13 regions in the east of the country on alert due to the heat


A couple with a child try to protect themselves from the sun with an umbrella as they walk near the Vatican

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Authorities in Rome have warned the elderly and children not to go out during the hottest hours of the day due to the dangerous temperatures.


People cool off at a fountain during the heatwave in Rome, Italy

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People take advantage of the fountains to keep cool in Rome


People jump into the water in Barcelona, ​​Spain

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People dived into the sea in Barcelona, ​​Spain, where authorities issued an orange alert for temperatures of up to 40C


People enjoy bathing at sunrise in Lake Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland

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A heatwave alert has also been issued for regions in southern Switzerland, including Geneva


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