Thursday, June 27, 2019

temperatures exceeding 100º hit Germany this week causing the government of Saxony-Anhalt authorities to place a temporary speed limit on the typically unrestricted Autobahn in their purview

they had concerns that the roads could crack due to the extreme temperatures that set new record high temps in Germany and the Czech Republic

Germany isn’t the only European country to institute measures affecting automobiles due to the heat.

The scorching heat was felt on the streets of Vienna, too.

"We're slightly below 35 degrees (Celsius) right now," said Wolfgang Fasching, driver of one of the city's traditional horse-drawn carriages. "At 35 degrees we go home because then the horses in Vienna get time off due to excessive heat."

Paris on Wednesday banned gasoline powered cars built before 2006 and diesel cars built before 2011 from the city center to cut down on pollution exacerbated by the weather.

French regional authorities estimated the measure, targeting vehicles including gasoline cars from 2005 or older and diesel cars from 2010 or older, affects nearly 60% of vehicles circulating in the Paris region. Violators face fines.

Some French schools stayed closed as a precaution due to worrying hot weather. French officials were providing extra help for the elderly, the homeless and the sick this week, remembering that some 15,000 people, many of them elderly, died in France during a 2003 heat wave.

German weather agency Deutscher Wetterdienst said a preliminary reading showed the temp hit 101.5 F in Coschen, near the Polish border. That's a tenth of a degree higher than the previous national record for June, set in 1947 in southwestern Germany.

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