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Western Europe experience 'intense heat' in multi-day heatwave Updated: 2019-06-25 07:02:32 KST

Most of Western Europe is wilting under an intense heatwave, and forecasters say it's only going to get hotter as we head further into the week.
For more on this and other news from around the world, let's turn to our Hong Yoo.
So Yoo, what countries are under heatwave advisories? And tell us about the various measures governments are taking to protect the public from the sizzling temperatures.

Well Mark, countries such as France, Belgium, and Germany issued heatwave advisories on Monday with temperatures soaring past 30 degrees Celsius.
And like you say, it's going to get even hotter.
The mercury could top 40 degrees Celsius in some regions later this week.
The unusual blistering early summer heat is due to the combination of a storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and a high pressure system over central and eastern Europe that pulled very hot air from Africa northward across Europe.
France is suffering "potentially dangerous" heat and the country is currently on an orange alert for intense heat, the second-highest level on the scale.
France's Health Minister said the French government is well prepared for the heatwave as every city knows what to do.

"The precautions are usually well known by the people, drinking a lot of water - around 2 liters per day - looking to remain in the shade and trying to avoid heavy efforts during the day, especially for those working in construction or restaurants. The employers have to organize and provide their employees with cool rooms and water."

In France, national high school exams scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been postponed to next week when the temperatures are expected to drop a touch.
Germany, with temperatures forecast to hit 40 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, has urged people to look out for those vulnerable to high temperatures, such as children and elderly people.
Authorities in northeastern Germany have also advised residents to brace for possible forest fires amid the blazing hot temperatures.
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