Regular – European Countries Hit By Early Heat Wave

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Spain heatwave: Country experiences 40C heat - CNN

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1. Countries in Western Europe have experienced their first heat wave of the summer, with temperatures becoming higher than 30 degrees Celsius from London to Paris. Scientists say that the high temperatures, are usually only felt in July and August.
2. “In some parts of Spain and France, temperatures are more than 10 degrees higher than the average for this time of year,” said Clare Nullis, a weather scientist.

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3. In France, around 18 million people woke on June 17 to heat wave alerts. With temperatures above 39 degrees Celsius, children were allowed to skip school in the 12 French regions. Outdoor events were also banned in parts of the country.

4. Matthieu Sorel, who works for the national weather service of France, said this early heat wave is a “great example of climate change.” On June 17, Britain recorded its hottest day of the year so far, with the temperature rising to 32.4 C near London.
(1)What’s the hottest temperature you’ve ever experienced?
(2)When was the last time your town or city experienced unusual weather?
5. And in Amsterdam, people are trying to escape to the nearest beach. The extreme temperatures also made wildfires across Spain and Germany worse. The fires destroyed over 300 square kilometers in northwest Spain, while residents of three villages near Berlin were ordered to leave their homes.
6. Western Europe experienced a very dry spring, with the government ordering water to be distributed in northern Italy and parts of France and Germany. Experts say climate change is already affecting rainfall patterns across the region, and also affecting farming and wildlife.

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