European heatwave claims first victims as three die in south of France

Mail Online | 6/21/2003 | Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
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A 'vicious' Saharan Bubble heatwave roasting Europe has claimed its first victims after three people died in France from suspected cold shock after diving into the sea from a hot beach.

A 70-year-old man suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday at Marseillan Plage, near Montpellier - the day the heatwave began - before a 62-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man died on Tuesday in the same region, it was revealed today.

Temperatures - France - Today - Friday - Record

Temperatures of 102F (39C) are expected in central France today, rising to 113F (45C) by Friday, which would break the all-time record set in 2003 at 111F (44.1C). Nearly all of the country is on orange alert - the second-highest warning level after red.

Dozens of schools have already shut across the country due to insufficient air conditioning while in Paris more than a million of the most polluting vehicles have been banned from the capital for the day, with the city especially prone to smog in heatwaves.

Hot - Air - North - Africa - Jet

Hot air blown in from North Africa by an unusually strong jet stream is roasting Europe in an early-June heatwave that has seen threat-to-life warnings issued across France, Germany and northern Spain.

Forecasters have compared the conditions to the 2003 heatwave which occurred around the same time of year and killed an estimated 70,000 people across the continent. Early season heatwaves are considered more dangerous because people's bodies have not had time to adjust to summer conditions.

June - Records - Week - Austria - Belgium

June records are set to be broken this week in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In Britain, temperatures are expected to reach 80F (27C) amid muggy conditions today before climbing further at the weekend when highs of 93.2F (34C) are possible.

Trier - Germany - Tuesday - Temperatures

In Trier, Germany, it reached 99F (37C) on Tuesday, with slightly cooler temperatures of 95F (35C) expected...
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