Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have recorded their highest ever temperatures as heatwave continues
Germany's National Meteorological Service says a new national high temperature record has been set for the third time in a day.
The meteorological service said the temperature reached 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 F) in the northern German town of Lingen on Thursday afternoon.
Lingen also was where record highs were recorded within minutes of each other earlier in the day.
Across Europe, record temperatures are being set as the continent swelters in what is its second heat wave this summer.
The temperature has also reached a record in the Netherlands of 41.7C.
In the Netherlands, farmers have been leaving their cows outside to sleep, rather than bringing them in at night, while Dutch media said hundreds of pigs died when a ventilator failed at Middelharnis.
The southern Dutch town of Gilze-Rijen experienced 38.8C heat yesterday, surpassing a record dating back 75 years.
Belgium registered an all-time high of 40.2C, in the eastern city of Liege - beating a record that dated back to June 1947.
This summer's second heatwave has amplified concerns in Europe that human activity is heating the planet at a dangerous rate.
The Netherlands and Belgium also reported new record heats and Britain is expected to do so later.
The Netherlands' meteorological institute said 40.4 C (104.72 F) was recorded Thursday in the municipality of Gilze Rijen, near the border with Belgium. That just eclipsed the 39.3 C (102.74 F) recorded a day earlier in the southern city of Eindhoven.
In Belgium the new all-time high rose to 40.6 C (105. F).
'This is the highest recorded temperature for Belgium in history since the beginning of the measurements in 1833,' said Alex Dewalque from the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium.
What happened on the Eurostar?
At least 600 passengers were stuck on the train near the Belgian town of Halle for two hours, with some of the carriages left in the dark inside a tunnel and others outside in the sun.
"The temperature was sky high. It was very bad," Jan Willem Wiersma from Rotterdam told the BBC. "We're happy to be off the train, where it's 15 degrees less."
Kris Hoet, who was travelling from Antwerp to London, said he and others had been stuck on the train for two hours before being allowed to get off.
Kenneth from the Donegal Weather Channel
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