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Swiss swelter as summer sizzles

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:02

Swimming, boating and playing in sprinklers -- the Swiss do whatever it takes to cool off as temperatures soar. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: With temperatures expected to hit 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) in Geneva on Wednesday the Swiss did whatever they could to cool off. Whether in pedal boats or kayaks or simply bathing in the water, hundreds of residents rushed to Geneva's Lake Leman ot took their children to play in the fountains and water jets in front of the Palais des Nations. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned of the dangers posed by hot weather‏, especially to children and the elderly as much of Europe sweltered in a heat wave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. "When you look at the pattern here in Europe in the last 10 or 15 years - 2003, 2010 and 2015 - we're seeing temperatures that set records on the 500 year return period. So it's quiet unusual to have this many hot episodes so close, so frequently and occurring so close to each other," said Maxx Dilley, Director of World Meteorological Organization's Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch. Forecasting group, AccuWeather said that while extreme heat has already built up across Spain and Portugal, hot conditions will expand across Europe this week.

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Swiss swelter as summer sizzles

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:02