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Use water 'sparingly', urges Brussels environment minister
Brussels' environment minister Céline Fremault has urged residents to use their mains water supply "sparingly".
Thursday was the hottest 26 July ever recorded in Belgium, with highs of 35.4°C at Uccle observatory and 37.4% in Retie, Antwerp province.
"There remains a guaranteed water supply for the inhabitants of Brussels but the situation is being closely monitored," Fremault said. "We ask residents to use drinking water sparingly and to avoid any waste."
Stormy showers on Thursday afternoon caused several hours of delays at Brussels Airport. Some Brussels road tunnels had to be closed.
In several Brussels parks, workers at Brussels Environment are now only watering the oldest and rarest plants and trees, to save water.