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European heat wave: German weather service measures record temperature of 40.3 Celsius

  • Children cool off in the water fountains in Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, July 5, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France in recent days experiencing temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Children cool off in the water fountains in Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, July 5, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France in recent days experiencing temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

  • People sunbathe at Prado beach, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday July 5, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France in recent days experiencing temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    People sunbathe at Prado beach, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday July 5, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France in recent days experiencing temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

Europe's heat wave has pushed the mercury to its highest level in Germany since measurements began in 1881.

The country's national weather service says an automated measurement station recorded a temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.54 Fahrenheit) in Kitzingen, northern Bavaria, on Sunday afternoon.

Weather service spokesman Uwe Kirsche said Monday that the record won't be official until technicians have manually checked the station.

But he says "we assume that our equipment worked properly."

The previous record of 40.2 Celsius was measured in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe in 2003.

Storms across parts of Germany on Sunday night brought temperatures back down.