Nuns hold fans to cool-off in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pope Francis is recalling those who have particularly suffered in the current heat wave, including those who work outdoors. The pope told the public in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he wished all workers a period of rest during the summer that would be good for both them and their families. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has recorded a new high temperature for June just days after an early summer heat wave toppled a 72-year-old record

German meteorological service DWD said the central town of Bad Kreuznach reached at least 38.9 degrees Celsius (102 F) on Sunday. A later reading showed the mercury climbing to 39.3 degrees Celsius (102.7 F) but DWD says it hasn't been confirmed.

The high of 38.6 Celsius registered on Wednesday beat a June record in Germany that had stood since 1947.

An early summer heat wave has baked parts of Europe since Tuesday. While addressing the faithful assembled in St. Peter's Square on another uncomfortably hot day in Rome, Pope Francis said he wished all workers a period of rest during the summer, saying the break would be good for them and their families.

Francis said he was praying for "all those who particularly suffer the consequences of the heat," including people who were ill, elderly or with jobs requiring long hours outdoors. He prayed that no one be exploited or abandoned to their suffering.

Rome has sweated through high humidity and temperatures in in the high 30s Celsius (high 90s F). The rest of Italy and much of the rest of Europe, particularly France, have also sweltered.

The intense heat took its toll on athletes at several sporting events in Germany over the weekend.

American competitor Sarah True collapsed 1,000 meters (1094 yards) from the finish line of the Frankfurt Ironman on Sunday.

People enjoy water from firefighters at a half marathon in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Markus Tischler/dpa via AP)
Pope Francis waves to faithful during the traditional Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Sarah True of the United States competes in the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. True had to give up in leading position just some hundred meters before the finish. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Sarah True of the United States competes in the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. True had to give up in leading position just some hundred meters before the finish. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People get on the water during the hot summer weather at the Rhine-Herne canal at the Ruhr valley in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Germany is hit by a heatwave with temperatures up to 39 degrees Celsius. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Skye Moench from the USA celebrates on the finish line after winning the Ironman triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
An unidentified athlete cools himself down with water in the marathon portion during  the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Firefighters spray water on rusty cars after a fire on a scrap yard in Duvendiek, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. It is unclear if the hot weather was involved in the fire, Germany is hit by a heatwave with temperatures up to 39 degrees Celsius. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)
A fire burning on a scrap yard is seen in Duvendiek, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. It is unclear if the hot weather was involved in the fire, Germany is hit by a heatwave with temperatures up to 39 degrees Celsius. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)
A woman drinks from a fountain in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pope Francis is recalling those who have particularly suffered in the current heat wave, including those who work outdoors. The pope told the public in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he wished all workers a period of rest during the summer that would be good for both them and their families. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A woman wears zipped periwinkle stiletto shoes as she makes her way through cobblestones, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A woman wears a souvenir shawl to shelter from the sun in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pope Francis is recalling those who have particularly suffered in the current heat wave, including those who work outdoors. The pope told the public in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he wished all workers a period of rest during the summer that would be good for both them and their families. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A street vendor sells umbrellas to shelter from the sun in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Italy put 16 cities under alerts for high temperatures, and civil security services distributed water to tourists visiting famed sites around Rome under a scorching sun. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)