Heat waves

People sunbathe on a beach during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Hot air from Africa is bringing a heat wave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that could peak at 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) in Spain and Portugal. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 05, 2018 - 5:56 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Europe's heat wave (all times local): 12:50 p.m. France's health minister says only about 4 percent of the visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country are linked to the current heat wave, which the government considers a relatively low level. Minister...
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People sunbathe on a beach during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Hot air from Africa is bringing a heat wave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that could peak at 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) in Spain and Portugal. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 04, 2018 - 1:04 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures and threatens to stick around for days to come. The extremely high temperatures, caused by...
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People cool off in an urban beach at Madrid Rio park in Madrid, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Spain's Meteorological Agency says eight provinces in the southern Andalusia region and around Madrid are under high risk because of the heat wave hitting the country starting on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
August 03, 2018 - 9:45 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend. Temperatures built to around 45 degrees Celsius (113...
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Rainbows are seen over Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
August 02, 2018 - 9:54 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the heatwave in Europe (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A supermarket chain in Finland is inviting customers to spend the night at its air-conditioned store in Helsinki as Europe suffers through a heatwave. K-Supermarket said on its Facebook page that patrons hoping to cool...
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A boy somersaults into the sea at a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Much of Spain is on alert as the country's weather agency warns that temperatures could surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) due to a hot air mass moving northward from the African continent. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 02, 2018 - 6:06 am
MADRID (AP) — Much of the Iberian Peninsula braced Thursday for the year's first heatwave, with the mercury expected to soar before peaking at 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) in some areas of southern Portugal this weekend. Temperatures were being driven higher by a hot air mass moving...
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August 01, 2018 - 2:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Preliminary data show that Death Valley, California, set the world record for hottest July for the second straight year. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Lericos says the month's average temperature at Furnace Creek in Death Valley was 108.1 degrees (42.28 Celsius)...
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People play at the Rhine river that has lost a lot of water due to the heat in Bingen, Germany, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 6:13 am
BERLIN (AP) — The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures and now freshwater fish could be its next victims. On Tuesday, Germany was forecast to experience the highest temperatures of the year so far, with the mercury expected to...
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In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, the sun beats down on downtown Phoenix. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona’s largest city is also an “urban heat island,” a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 26, 2018 - 5:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the...
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A hiker walks past a heat warning sign at dawn, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Phoenix. Much of Arizona and parts of California, Arizona and Utah are under an excessive heat watch during a week that forecasters say could prove to be the hottest of the year. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 24, 2018 - 2:54 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Scorching weather swept across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday, with the highest temperatures expected in California's Death Valley during a week that forecasters say could prove to be the hottest in the region this year. A high of 124 degrees (51 Celsius) was forecast in Death Valley...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2018, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot "Miraitowa", left, and Paralympic mascot "Someity", right, pose with children for photographers during the mascot debut event in Tokyo. The countdown is on for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tuesday, July 24, marked two years to go until the opening ceremony will be held at the brand new National Stadium in central Tokyo.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
July 24, 2018 - 2:51 am
TOKYO (AP) — The 2020 Olympics will open in two years, and the heat is on. Since being awarded the games, which will be the largest ever with 33 sports and 339 events, Tokyo organizers have had to deal with a series of setbacks ranging from stadium and construction delays, natural disasters and a...
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