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Paris melts in the heatwave... literally

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Published on July 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

Paris melts in the heatwave... literally

It took 10 minutes for this chocolate Eiffel Tower to melt in the Paris sun as the French capital sweltered in temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday.

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Paris melts in the heatwave... literally

And it's about to get worse as French weather forecasters Meteo France said Paris should break a temperature record on Thursday (July 25) with highs of up to 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit).

The highest temperature on record for the French capital dates back to July 28, 1947 when the mercury rose to 40.4 degrees Celsius (104.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tourists flocked to the Trocadero fountains at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to cool down as the authorities issued their highest red weather warning.

Despite the sweltering temperatures, Meteo France said the heatwave would be short-lived.

Fresh air from the west is set to bring lower temperatures, along with possible storms and rain, to the country as of Friday (July 26).

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