Fountains provide relief for children in Antibes, southern France. The heatwave is expected to last another week.
Bottles of water are being rushed out to the homeless in Lyon. The French authorities called for extra medics as the heat took its toll.
It is high season for tourism in Paris and long queues are forming for cold drinks and ice cream.
A polar bear enjoys a mackerel-flavoured ice cube at La Fleche zoo, western France. The snack is one way for the animals to keep cool.
In Bosnia, where temperatures reached 40C, the best time to go out is at sunset. Here youngsters enjoy themselves near the town of Srebrenik.
Umbrellas have become an indispensable accessory for tourists in Florence, which draws large crowds of visitors every summer.
The fountain at Milan's Sforzesco Castle helps tourists and locals cool off in the sizzling heat.
Northern Europe is also experiencing record temperatures: an art installation in Amsterdam serves as a good shelter from the sun.