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CarsParis bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe

04:35  04 july  2019
04:35  04 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris has banned more than half of the cars registered in the region from its roads as a record heatwave worsens air pollution, the most French authorities also stepped up restrictions on water use on Thursday as swathes of western Europe remained in the grip of an intense heatwave .

Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Reuters Parts of Europe have seen record-breaking temperatures

Europe continues to endure record-breaking temperatures as hot air from the Sahara engulfs the continent.

France, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have set temperature records for June and Spain has been trying to contain a major wildfire in the country's north east.

Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Getty Summer has well and truly arrived in Italy

The French capital has seen temperatures soar past 40C (104F) and the local council has banned up to 60% of its cars to limit pollution that has been made worse by the heat.

Older and less efficient cars have been banned within the A86 second ring-road - which includes Paris and 79 towns around it - for as long as the hot weather lasts.

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Paris has banned more than half of the cars registered in the region from its roads as a record heatwave worsens air pollution, the most drastic restrictions ever imposed there, officials said. The ban on older and less efficient cars was imposed on Wednesday and is due to stay in place within the A86.

Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Reuters Paris experienced temperatures well into the 40s

Only electric or hydrogen vehicles, petrol cars registered after January 2006 and diesel cars registered from January 2011 are allowed on the roads.

Some five million cars are affected, according to data firm AAA Data, but several drivers say they are ignoring the restrictions because the fines (€68 or £61 per car) are so low.

French politician Francois Ruffin posted a video to Twitter of himself criticising colleagues for travelling to a climate change debate by car, many having travelled only a few kilometres, he said.

Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Getty Some 20,000 hectares are under threat Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Getty Dogs and humans alike have sought relief from the heat in Germany

There are also restrictions on vehicles in Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg.

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Data firm AAA Data said that nearly five million vehicles registered in the Ile-de-France area around Paris were covered, about 60 percent of total, a record number to be restricted.

PARIS has banned 60 percent of cars in the city in a bid to reduce pollution made worse by the stifling heatwave sweeping Europe . France heatwave : Some five million cars are affected by the ban (Image: Getty/Met Office ). France heatwave : The ban will remain in force for as long as the hot

Also, some schools have postponed exams, water restrictions have also been tightened and the transportation of animals has been banned due to concerns for their safety.

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Sky News Europe correspondent Mark Stone said from Paris: "June makes it even more humid than it would be later in the year because there's more moisture in the ground and so it feels a lot hotter than it actually is and by the weekend it's going to be hotter still."

Stone said that temperatures were last this high in August 2003 - 15,000 people died from heat-related illnesses that summer.

Paris bans 60% of cars as heatwave continues to roast Europe © Reuters The fire in Spain is burning near the Ebro River about 75 miles west of Barcelona

In Spain, 20,000 hectares are under threat in what is the worst fire in the area in two decades, with Spanish television showing horses and sheep left helpless as the fire engulfed the farm they were being kept on.

The fire is believed to have started at a farm in Torre de l'Espanyol after improperly stored chicken manure combusted due to high temperatures.

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