All-time hotest temperatures since records began

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An all-time record temperature was reached in France on Friday, although later reports came in which beat the 44.3 degrees in Carpentras, Vaucluse on Friday afternoon.

Hours later Villevielle in Provence hit 45.1, but then Gallargues-le-Monteux in the Gard topped them with a record 45.9 degrees.

“This is historic”

“This is historic…it’s the first time a temperature in excess of 45C has ever been recorded in France” said Etienne Kapikian, a France Météo meteorologist.

Over 4,000 schools were shut, and Hérault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone were the four departments on red alert on Friday.  A further 76 departments were on orange alert.

Temperatures are due to drop over the weekend to low to mid 30’s.

At this point, Languedoc Living is closing the office before the computers melt.

Stay safe, stay cool.