1. Wide of the Eiffel Tower, pan to Trocadero's fountains
2. Various of people playing in the fountains
3. Tourists wearing hats, using hand fan by fountain
4. Man swimming and splashing around, with children playing in the background
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Katy James, visiting Paris from Chicago, USA: ++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY OVERLAID++
"When we planned Paris, we did not expect this at all. I'm so glad that we booked Airbnb and had air conditioning available because I know some other people didn't get that. But we've had such a good time. The Parisians have been so accommodating, we've been getting water where ever we go, we got to play in the fountain. This was amazing. We're really having a good time."
6. James walking with her children after their swim
7. Various of fountains
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Valerie Delaunay visiting Paris from Gabon:
"We (family) got up early this morning to enjoy it (Paris) in the morning. A pack full of water bottles, and now we're about to get our feet wet."
9. Children queuing to go down an improvised slide into the fountain
10. Various of tourists in front of fountain with Eiffel tower in background
Brussels - 25 July 2019
11. Various of kids playing in water fountains
12. Man sitting beneath tree
Cologne - 25 July 2019
13. Various of free water being handed out to people
14. Wide of river Rhine with low water level
15. Various of people sunbathing and paddling in the Rhine
St Margaret's Bay, Kent - 25 July 2019
16. Various of people swimming in the sea at St Margaret's Bay
17. Various of the family of Alan King on the beach with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Alan King, retired local resident:
"Personally I'll be sitting under the shade as much as possible, but of course living down here, a lovely day, you want to be down here. We'll be out on the kayaks, but yeah we will be being careful, keeping everybody covered in the factor 50 (sun cream) or whatever."
Harlow, Essex - 25 July 2019
19. Various exteriors of Harlow train station
20. Various of sign reading (English) "Do not travel unless absolutely necessary during Thursday's forecast heatwave"
Record temperatures are being set across Europe, including Paris, as the continent swelters Thursday in what is its second heat wave this summer.
Climate scientists warn this could become the new normal in many parts of the world. But temperate Europe - where air conditioning is rare - isn't equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week.
So tourists frolicked in fountains to seek relief, and authorities and volunteers fanned out to help the elderly, sick and homeless hit hardest by the heat. Trains were canceled in Britain and France, and French authorities urged travelers to stay home.
One by one, heat records are being broken across Europe. On Thursday afternoon the Paris area hit 42.4 degrees Celsius (108.3 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the previous record of 40.4 C (104.8 F) set in 1947. Authorities said the temperature was still rising, as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that's trapped between cold stormy systems.
The Netherlands and Belgium also reported record heats and Britain is expected to do so later.