Europe prepares for scorching heat wave

Europe prepares for scorching heat wave”

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German weather agency Deutscher Wetterdienst said Wednesday a preliminary reading showed it reached 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit in Coschen, Germany, near the Polish border.

A list of June national records that may be in play includes Austria (101.5 deg), France (106.7 deg), Germany (101.3 deg), and Switzerland (99.1 deg), as well as several others in the region.

The mercury is forecast to approach 105 degrees (40.6 Celsius) in Madrid on Friday, which would be its highest temperature ever recorded.

The transport ministry in Germany's eastern Saxony-Anhalt state said it has imposed speed limits of 100 kph or 120 kph (62 miles per hour or 75 mph) on several short stretches of highway until further notice.

Temporary speed limits have been imposed on several autobahns as a result of the heat.

On Wednesday a swimming pool in the French city of Grenoble was shut down despite the heatwave, after a row over the use of a full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit, the mayor said.

A forest fire about 70 miles southeast of Berlin has ripped through almost 300 acres of land near the town of Lieberoser, triggering a large emergency response, Sky News reported.

A record-setting mark of 44.1 Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) was measured that August in France, and more than 14,000 mostly elderly people died.

Because such high temperatures are rare in France, most homes and many buildings do not have air conditioning.

A man cools himself in a fountain at Lustgarten park in Berlin, Germany.

It was the first red alert Meteo France activated since a four-level weather "vigilance" system was introduced following an estimated 15,000 heat-related deaths in France during a 2003 summer heat wave.

Temperatures are set to rise across much of the United Kingdom this week and it is expected to get hot and humid in certain areas on Friday and Saturday before getting cooler on Sunday.

Paris has taken similar precautions, banning older vehicles from entering the city for the day to limit air pollution.

Paris banned more than half of the cars - generally older, dirtier models - registered in the capital region, which has almost six million inhabitants, while the heatwave lasts.

In Paris, where more than 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers live in tents around the capital, volunteers fanned out throughout the makeshift camps to deliver water and help them cool off.

The authorities raised alerts on Wednesday (June 26) as the heatwave threatened to intensify, with temperatures heading into the 40s deg C. All over Europe is hit by a heatwave. Officials are also partnering with charities to hand out free water bottles to the homeless. "And they have access to showers".

Meteorologists say the extremely hot weather in June is due to warm air moving from Africa to Central Europe.

"This increase in heat extremes is just as is predicted by climate science as a outcome of global warming caused by the increasing greenhouse gases from burning coal, oil and gas", he added.

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