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French, Belgians try to keep cool as Europe scorches

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:29

People do their best to cool down as extremely high temperatures sweep across Europe, rising to 38 degrees in Paris. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Temperatures broke records in France and Belgium on Wednesday (July 1) with records reaching 42 degrees in some areas. The last time France saw temperatures reaching that high was in July 1947 when temperature broke a record of 40 degrees. Keeping in mind that the 2003 heat wave had been devastating for the elderly among whom thousands died, French authorities were trying to reach and those vulnerable to make sure they were aware of the dangers of the heat and prepared to face high temperatures for a few days. Paris authorities opened a few air-conditioned public areas to welcome to prevent more risks. Residents and tourists cooled off in the shade and water sprinklers of the French capital as temperatures soared. A Parisian said that those vulnerable were the elderly and that with common sense it was easy for others to protect themselves from the heat. "When you are not too old and in good health, on can be fine by drinking enough water and walking in the shade, and not too much in the sun. Those targeted are the eldest persons or those who are sick. When you are in good health, you need to drink and drink enough and not to make too much exercise. And then everything goes well," Anne-Laure said. Information boards in Paris recalled the residents and tourists to drink and protect themselves from the heat. As much of western Europe was bracing itself for some of the highest temperatures of the year, sun-lovers soaked up the rays in the capitals gardens while parents took care of the youngest. Jerome Decultot a toddler's father said he was doing what was recommended for his baby. "Well protect the skin by using sunscreen, the head with a sun hat and offer water more often than usual. That's it. Obviously, avoid direct sun light and favour shade," Jerome Decultot. Heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change, the United Nations warned on Wednesday as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change.

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French, Belgians try to keep cool as Europe scorches

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:29