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Europe battles Heat Wave

Europe battles Heat Wave

Thousands of schools are closed, outdoor events canceled as Europe battles a record-setting heat wave.

The heat wave is caused by warm air rising across Europe from north Africa. Hot temperatures are expected to last until 30 June when a cold front will arrive on the continent.

Several countries have reported record temperatures this week, and France hit its all-time heat record on 28 June - 45.9 C (114.6 F) in the small southern town of Gallargues-le-Montueux, according to French media. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that temperature records for this time of year have been broken in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.

Italy put 16 cities under alert for high temperatures, and civil security services distributed water to tourists visiting famed sites around Rome under the scorching sun.

In Berlin, a police unit turned water cannons usually used against rioters on city trees, to cool them down.

Is it a signal of climate change?

The length, intensity, and frequency of heat waves are on the rise, and Europe’s searing weather this week comports with what scientists expect as the climate changes, though it will take some time to tease out the specific extent of humanity’s role in the current wave.

North India

The heatwave conditions persist over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, with maximum temperatures rising upto 45°C in some areas.

On 30 June, Palam weather station in Delhi recorded the maximum temperature at 44.8°C, and the one at Lodhi Road recorded 43 °C.

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