Europe heatwave: France braces for record-breaking temperatures as Spain battles forest fires

Temperature could exceed 42C in parts of France as scientists warn heatwaves will hit earlier than usual due to climate change

France, Spain and other western European nations braced for a sweltering weekend that is set to break records and sparked concern about forest fires and the effects of climate change.

Temperatures already nudged over 40C (104F) in parts of France on Friday.

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