Parisians Swim in Fountains as Temperatures Soar in Europe

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Tourists and Parisians swim in the Trocadero fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower Tuesday amid scorching heat that has hit France and other parts of Europe. MORE: Temperatures were set to reach 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) in the French capital on Tuesday, according to weather service Meteo France. "Abnormally hot, that's the right word," said tourist Mederic Deleglise of Montpellier in southern France, where high temperatures are generally more common. He joined dozens of people sitting by the fountains to get sprayed by water. "The temperature there (in Montpellier) is about the same. But actually it's more pleasant in the south than here. It's really like an oven here," he added. The city of Paris is keeping several parks open through the night and has opened up cooling rooms in town halls to welcome vulnerable residents. People are also encouraged to hydrate themselves from one of the hundreds of drinking fountains across Paris. The scalding episode is also unfolding elsewhere in Europe. Britain was forecast to see temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time on Tuesday after logging its warmest night on record. (Reuters) » Subscribe to VOA News: » Watch more VOA News video: Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:
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