World Watch

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COOL IMAGE: Seeking relief from the heat in London's Trafalgar Square

Feeling The Heat
EUROPE As the mercury continued to climb to record-breaking levels across Europe, there was no respite in sight for the Continent's sweltering citizens. Forecasters predicted the hot weather — blamed on strong rains in sub-Saharan Africa — would continue to the middle of the month at least, and possibly into September. With temperatures regularly nudging — and, in some places, exceeding — 40°C, Europeans faced renewed misery. Train tracks buckled, hundreds of thousands of farm animals died and crops either wilted in the heat or ripened prematurely. Although the fires that ravaged countries...

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