AP: Paris hits new heat record and London boils in Europe heat wave

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AP: Paris hits new heat record and London boils in Europe heat waveParis area hits 42.4 degrees Celsius compared to approximately 35 degrees Celsius in Greece

AP reports from Paris that record temperatures are being set across Europe, including Paris, as the continent swelters Thursday in what is its second heatwave this summer.

Climate scientists warn this could become the new norm in many parts of the planet. But temperate Europe — where air conditioning is rare — isn’t equipped for the temperatures frying the region this week.

Therefore, tourists frolicked in fountains to seek relief, and authorities and volunteers fanned out to help the elderly, sick and homeless hit hardest by the heat. Trains were canceled in Britain and France, and French authorities urged travelers to stay home.

One by one, heat records are being broken across Europe. On Thursday afternoon the Paris area hit 42.4 degrees Celsius (108.3 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the previous record of 40.4 C (104.8 F) set in 1947. Authorities announced the temperature was still rising, as a result of hot, dry air coming from northern Africa that’s trapped between cold stormy systems.

The Netherlands and Belgium also reported new record heats and Britain is expected to do so later.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

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