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Heat wave in Europe

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A heat wave that today reached 39 degrees Celsius in Europe has put the health of Italians and French’s at risk.

The Italian government has warned that the situation could be even worse than during the summer of 2003 when 15,000 people died due to soaring temperatures.

In Italy and France authorities have asked local doctors to keep an eye on their patients above 75 years of age who are most vulnerable, hoping to avoid a repeat.

“We are faced with a heat wave that is equal if not worse than in 2003 where around one million people in Italy were are at risk,” Health Minister Francesco Storace said at a news conference.

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