Europe continued to swelter at the weekend as the current heatwave continued across the continent.
Britain basked in glorious weekend sunshine on Saturday with temperatures in the 80s Fahrenheit (30s Celsius).
People paddled to keep cool in the fountains of Trafalgar Square in central London, while many others fled for the coasts and crowded the beaches there.
The record British temperature of 37.1 degrees Celsius (98.8 degrees Fahrenheit), recorded at Cheltenham in August 1990, looks as though it may be broken if the heatwave continues.
Already this year is being compared to Britain's hottest summer in 1976, and temperatures reached 36.4C (97.5F) Gravesend in Kent on Wednesday, the hottest day of the year so far.
Only 1976, when the country basked in 15 consecutive days at 32C (90F) and above, and 1995 have had hotter summers.
Pubs across Britain have been enjoying a bumper weekend, keeping up with the demands of millions of people heading to their local to escape the heatwave.
Pub tills are expected to swell by an extra five (m) million pounds (7.5 million US dollars)
An extra three million pints are expected to be sold, leading to warnings that Britain is in danger of running out of beer.
According to some reports, drinkers could soon be crying into their empty pint glasses if the hot spell continues.
But brewers assure drinkers there is still plenty left.
The hot weather is expected to last the whole weekend and well into next week, although temperatures will cool slightly.
Across the Channel in France, the picture has been the same.
Paris has been almost as hot as Mecca in Saudi Arabia this week, with temperatures in the French capital exceeding 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on most days.
There too the fountains are crowded with hot Parisians and tourists, while ice cream sellers are doing a brisk trade.
The average August temperature in Paris, which has warm but not blistering summers, is 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).
Forecasters offered little hope of relief from the heat, caused in part by intense monsoon activity in Africa south of the Sahara that has funnelled hot desert air over Europe and blocked cooler Atlantic lows.
Meteo France, the national weather service, said it expected at least another week of abnormally high temperatures.