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Europe hot wave: France records its hottest temperature



Mercury reached 45.1 degrees Celsius (113.2 Fahrenheit) just before 3 o'clock. local time in Villevieille, in the department of Gard in southern France, according to the French national meteorological service Météo-France.

This is 1 degree higher than the previous record since 2003.

About 4,000 French schools were closed on Friday. The working hours of the parks and public pools were extended.

The French authorities have taken a number of radical steps this week to prevent the tragic consequences of the 2003 heat wave, which killed about 14,000 people. after the heat wave of 2003. Some municipal buildings were open to cooling rooms and streets were wet showers.

Climate scientists warn that heat waves such as this are becoming more common and heavier due to the climate crisis. Meteo-France said the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050.

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<p>  Europe struggled with heat for a week, with Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recording their highest temperatures in June. on Wednesday. </p>
<p>  The German meteorological office said the temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius (1<div class=
01.5 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at 2:50 local time Wednesday at Coschen, on the border with Poland

The previous record was 38 , 5 degrees Celsius (101.3 Fahrenheit), measured in 1947 in Bühlertal, near France.

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In Spain, firefighters struggle with a 15,000-acre forest fire near Tarragona in the northeast of the country late on Wednesday. According to the Catalan fire brigade, the fire probably started after an improperly stored bunch of fertilizer fell spontaneously causing sparks. Firefighters said the fire was one of the worst in Catalonia over the last 20 years. While temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit may not look too high, they are far above seasonal averages for the region, and hot weather episodes are more common in July and August. The heat wave is also unusual because of the weather. Such hot weather episodes are more common in July and August.

In addition, many European cities are not designed to deal with such temperatures. Air conditioning is less common and public transport systems are often struggling.

CNN's Antoine Kruin contributed to the report.


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