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France fries: Record heat hits tourists, schools, hospitals

A man puts his feet in a fountain Thursday, June 27, 2019 in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high te...
Children play at a fountain in a park Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected ...
A woman wears a hat to protect from the sun as she walks past the Louvre museum Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Paris. Around France, some schools are clos...
Tourists wear a scarf over their head to protect themselves from the sun as they walk past a street performer impersonating an Egyptian sphinx, in Rom...
A child cools off at a fountain near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Civil Protection service in Rome also planned to ...
A Civil Protection volunteer delivers free bottles of water to tourists in Rome, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Civil Protection service in Rome planned...

A man puts his feet in a fountain Thursday, June 27, 2019 in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high te...

Children play at a fountain in a park Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Paris. Around France, some schools are closed because of high temperatures, expected ...

A woman wears a hat to protect from the sun as she walks past the Louvre museum Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Paris. Around France, some schools are clos...

Tourists wear a scarf over their head to protect themselves from the sun as they walk past a street performer impersonating an Egyptian sphinx, in Rom...

A child cools off at a fountain near St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Civil Protection service in Rome also planned to ...

A Civil Protection volunteer delivers free bottles of water to tourists in Rome, Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Civil Protection service in Rome planned...

PARIS (AP) — Schools are spraying kids with water and nursing homes are equipping the elderly with hydration sensors as France battles a record-setting heat wave baking much of Europe.

The French national weather service activated its highest-level heat danger alert for the first time, putting four regions around Marseille and Montpellier in southern France under special watch. Temperatures in the area are forecast to reach up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 F).

Some schools closed because they couldn't ensure safe conditions. Teachers at the Victor Hugo primary school in Colombes near Paris have abandoned suffocating classrooms and are keeping children outside all day, sprinkling them with water and organizing quiet activities in the shade.

Italy put 16 cities under alerts for high temperatures, and civil security services distributed water to tourists visiting famed sites around Rome under a scorching sun.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:55 GMT+08:00