For most of us it's been too hot to handle – but some members of the animal kingdom found superb workarounds.
It’s not just us humans who are feeling the effects of the summer heatwave - the animal kingdom has been having fun keeping cool, from bears taking a swim to tigers munching on some icy treats. With temperatures this year set to be record-breaking, the RSPCA has urged pet owners to take extra care in the heat to make sure their furry friends have plenty of water and shade.
Heatwave smashed the highest-ever temperature recorded in July.
Several temperature records were broken across Europe as a heatwave moves across the continent. While people sought pools and beaches to cool off, authorities in Belgium issued their first ever "code red" alert. High pressure is drawing scorching air from the Sahara desert, leading to the soaring temperatures which have reached over 41 degrees in Paris, 37 in London and 39 in Brussels. According to climate experts, heatwaves are becoming more frequent as a result of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions.
"Cold water shock takes your breath away and can affect the strongest of swimmers."
Keep in touch, keep them relaxed and help them stay hydrated.
'Employers must stick to the legal working temperature in the UK'
So how do you know if your baby is getting enough to drink in these scorching temperatures?
From taking an "educational" trip to a fridge factory to wearing only freshly frozen clothes.
Brussels to London services affected by problems in Belgium.