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Belgium sets new temperature record, with more heat to come
Belgium set a new temperature record on Wednesday - which could be beaten again on Thursday, as forecasters extend the "red alert" for hot weather into the weekend.
Kleine-Brogel in Limburg province was the hottest place in Belgium, reaching 39.9°C shortly after 16.00 - the highest temperature recorded in Belgium since measurements began in 1833.
Thursday is set to be the hottest day of the year, with high chances that a new record temperature of 40°C could be set.
The Royal Meteorological Institute has extended its red alert from Thursday night until Sunday. Storms and heavy rain are forecast at the weekend.
About 900 passengers were stuck on a Eurostar and a Thalys near Halle on Wednesday morning after an overhead line came down.
Many took to social media to complain about the soaring temperatures onboard. Passengers were later evacuated and sought shelter in a tunnel while they waited for a replacement train.
Meanwhile, Pairi Daiza animal park has adapted its feeding and watering routines. Food is placed in the freezer overnight and served frozen to help animals cool down.
All animals have access to an indoor enclosure where the temperature is around 20°C.
Looking to cool down in Brussels? Infirmières de Rue has a map and list of all free public drinking fountains (PDF).
Photo: Dirk Waem/Belga