Rainstorms Bring Relief As Europe Suffers Deadly Heat Wave

Lightning lights up the night sky In Neumarkt, Germany, Sunday, June 20, 2021. Heavy rains and thunderstorms have caused flooded cellars and streets as well as fallen trees and a variety of property damage in Central and Upper Franconia in the night to Monday. (Tobias Hartl/dpa via AP)

(AP) — Thunderstorms brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend after the continent sweltered under its first summer heat wave.

Dozens of people have drowned in Europe in the last week trying to seek relief in pools, lakes and rivers. Forecasters predicted further downpours Monday moving east toward Poland, which has seen five days of unusually hot weather.

Germany’s national weather service said temperatures in the west and north dropped from over 86 degrees Fahrenheit last weekend to about 68 F after a night of heavy rain. In France, strong winds toppled a church spire. In Poland, 15 people drowned over the weekend.


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