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Climate change: French fried at 42 degrees Celsius in unmatched heat wave

The extreme conditions follow last year's drought that pummeled crops, and has heightened attention on the environment amid concern over climate change

Paris heatwave

People cool off next to the fountains at Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo: AP/PTI

Megan Durisin and William Wilkes | Bloomberg
Paris is its driest in almost 150 years and temperatures across Europe are reaching extreme levels, scorching fields and shutting power plants.

As temperatures climb across Europe, peaking on Thursday in Paris and London, the effects of extreme weather are becoming clearer. Electricite de France SA cut its nuclear output because river water is too warm to cool plants, power prices have jumped and farmers are frustrated by another bad spell for crops.

This summer has already seen raging wildfires in Portugal and Spain, falling water levels on Germany’s Rhine River and irrigation restrictions in France. The extreme conditions follow

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First Published: Jul 24 2019 | 2:17 PM IST

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