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Western Europe sweats in unusual heat wave

Western Europe sweats in unusual heat wave

Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people on Wednesday to warn of health risks. Paris officials opened special air-conditioned rooms for the public. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has sent temperatures spiking in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days. Britain's Met Office, the weather forecasting service, said Wednesday was the hottest July day since records began in the 1800s based on the...