EUROPE: Those Vaguely Sinister Skies

Jonquils bloomed across Britain last February, and there was snow in Edinburgh in June. Thus it should have come as no surprise that this summer London (at 90°) was hotter than Casablanca. So, for that matter, was the rest of Europe, as the Continent suffered through the ninth straight week of a subtropical heat wave that was widely regarded as the worst in a century.

Though the scorcher showed some signs of abating last week, at its height it sent temperatures from the tip of Lapland to the boot of Italy soaring into...

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