Temperatures in France are expected to reach a record-breaking high of a scorching 45C on Friday, leading to more school closures and traffic restrictions.
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In Paris, people weren't hesitating to make the most of any water they could find, including Canal Saint-Martin.
A young man dives into the waters of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris. Photo: AFP
And some tourists took the opportunity to dip their feet into the fountain next to the Louvre pyramid.
Meanwhile others sought out what little shade they could.
A couple sheltering under an umbrella next to the Louvre in Paris. Photo: AFP
But for some tourists in Aix-en-Provence, one umbrella just wasn't going to cut it.
The “Umbrella Sky Project” installation by Portuguese artist Patricia Cunha. Photo: AFP
And who needs a beach when you have the Loire River?
People bathing in the Loire River in Tours. Photo: AFP
… or even water jets in the city centre?
Children cool off under water jets in a fountain during the heatwave in Montpellier, southern France. Photo: AFP
It's not just humans who need to cool off in the heat. Here's an image of a jaguar taking a refreshing dip at the Bordeaux-Pessac Zoo in Pessac, southwestern France.
People were also making the most of the canals in the north eastern French city of Reims.
And if all else fails, why not get involved with some “streetpooling”? To anyone who isn't aware, this is the word the French use to describe turning on fire hydrants – and it may get you into a spot of bother with the French authorities.
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