Temperatures in many West European cities have been running well over the seasonal average this week.
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Background: Temperatures in many West European cities have been running well over the seasonal average this week. London, for example, has had temperatures of twenty sight degrees centigrade (eighty two degrees fahrenheit) and weather forecasters predict that it will get even hotter in Britain's capital.
In Bonn, school children have been sent home early, and everywhere swimming pools and beaches are crowed - all because of the heatwave. It has also produced unusual phenomena, such as freak television reception in some areas.
SYNOPSIS: If there's anything that the English love talking about, it's the weather. And this week, the weather is headline news.
For once, keeping cool is the subject of conversation. Britain is experiencing a heat wave.
Many Londoners are happy just to sit back and enjoy this unusual weather, while others adjust to the heat.
It may be a dog's life but some take it lying down.
Schools are out for the summer, and the children are making the most of it, while temperatures stay around the 28 degree mark.
It's the same story in other European capitals.
Tourists in Paris crowd around the fountains in the Place De La Concorde, perhaps envying those who have found a place in the shade or somewhere to swim.
But even the swimming pools are suffering from overcrowding.
Ostia Beach is a popular escape for the citizens of Rome. This week temperatures are uniformly high in Geneva, Gibraltar, Glasgow and Rome. Some people who stayed at home have got a strange treat. Atmospheric conditions have caused freak television reception in some parts of Europe, and viewers have been able to get as many as thirteen extra channels
In Bonn, German school children are sent home as the temperatures rises to just under 30 degrees.
The thermometer on the wall tells it's own story, and so does this sign.
Some one in the United States has invented a drip-free ice cream, but while Europeans wait for this novelty to cross the Atlantic, the best way they know of cooling off is just going down to the nearest swimming pool.