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Sinéad Baker Jun. 25, 2019, 6:38 AM

Paris Eiffel Tower Trocadero fountain heatwave
Tourists and Parisians cooling down Monday in the water of the Trocadero fountain at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Paris is on high alert with a dangerous heat wave expected in France and other parts of Europe, leading officials to issue warnings and introduce measures like new water fountains and mist machines.
  • France is due to hit temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit, this week, with humidity making it feel even hotter.
  • Many in Paris remember a 2003 heat wave that killed 15,000 people in France.
  • School exams have been postponed and swimming pools are open later, while new “cool rooms” and information hotlines have been installed.
  • The city is warning that elderly and sick people are the most at risk. The local government has urged people to avoid alcohol and to spend time in cool places like supermarkets and cinemas.