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In pictures: Europe roasting again as heatwave continues

A packed Malvarrosa beach during a hot day in Valencia, Spain Image copyright EPA
Image caption The Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, Spain, was packed on Saturday as the region experienced high temperatures
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Europe has experienced another sweltering day as a heatwave that has already claimed several lives continues across parts of the continent.

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

But some areas of northern Spain saw temperatures soar above 40C, with the city of Zaragoza recording 42C and a meteorological station between the Catalan towns of Vinebre and Masroig - close to an area already hit by wildfires - recording 43.3C.

In France's southern Vaucluse region, a cyclist died after falling ill in the heat. Officials said the cyclist had been in a mountainous region and warned people against engaging in sporting activity.

Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa and high pressure over central Europe are contributing to the heatwave.

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

On Friday, France registered its highest recorded temperature - 45.9C - in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux.

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People cool off in water fountains at Parc Central amid a heatwave in Valencia Image copyright AFP
Image caption Spain's national meteorological agency has issued weather alerts to 40 of the country's 50 regions, with seven of them under extreme alert
A helicopter flies over a wildfire near the city of Toledo Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The high temperatures have also contributed to at least two large wildfires in Spain, like this one near the central city of Toledo
Two persons soak their feet in the water of in the Stravinsky fountain in Paris Image copyright AFP
Image caption People soak their feet in the water of the Stravinsky fountain in Paris, where temperatures reached 36C on Saturday
A man gestures as he shows the burnt countryside after a brushfire hit the country around Saint Gilles Image copyright AFP
Image caption In the Gard department in southern France, more than 700 firefighters were deployed to tackle a fire that destroyed several houses and vehicles
Pilgrims cool down in a fountain as they cover the Santiago Way, in Logrono, Spain, Image copyright EPA
Image caption Pilgrims cool down in a fountain as they cover the Santiago Way, in Logroño, on Friday. Spain has recorded at least two deaths as a result of heat-related effects
People queue to drink water from a public tap near the Duomo Cathedral, in Milan Image copyright AFP
Image caption People queue to drink water from a public tap near the Duomo cathedral, in Milan. In Italy, at least one death has been linked to the heatwave
Jan Frodeno trains for the Frankfurt Ironman on 30/6 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Athlete Jan Frodeno trains ahead of Sunday's Ironman event - an endurance triathlon - in the German city of Frankfurt. Organisers are making plans to prevent athletes from overheating in temperatures of up to 38C
Utrecht festival Image copyright AFP
Image caption Revellers on inflatables attend the Utrecht Drijf festival. The Netherlands - along with many other European countries - has declared a heatwave

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