People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a heatwave is expected in much of the country, France, June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Fans flew off store shelves and water fountains offered relief from the heat as temperatures soared in Europe Monday, with officials urging vigilance ahead of even hotter conditions forecast later in the week.Meteorologists blamed a blast of torrid air from the Sahara for the unusually early summer heatwave, which could send thermometers up to 40 C across large swaths of the continent with France experiencing particularly hot temperatures.France still remembers the heatwave of August 2003 which was blamed for the deaths of 15,000 people and led to a surge of criticism over how authorities cared for those most vulnerable at the height of the summer holidays.However those extreme hot temperatures lasted for two weeks, whereas the worst of the heat is expected to be over by early next week.
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