by Staff Writers
Prague (AFP) Aug 20, 2012
The mercury hit an all-time high of 40.4 degrees Celsius (104.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Czech village of Dobrichovice, south-west of the capital Prague, the CHMI state meteorological service said Monday.
Temperatures soared to a searing 40 degrees Celsius in several other towns across the country, according to the Czech CTK news agency.
Monday's national high tops the previous record of 40.2 degrees Celsius set on July 27, 1983, in the Prague-Uhrineves suburb.
Hot air masses from Morocco and Spain are responsible for the ongoing heatwave searing the Czech Republic, meteorologists said, also predicting it would last several days.
Local authorities have issued heat stroke warnings for the elderly and the ill.
Weather News at TerraDaily.com
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Honey ice-creams keep pandas cool in French heatwave
Saint-Aignan, France (AFP) Aug 17, 2012
Two Chinese pandas in a French zoo are chilling out in the current summer heatwave with the help of honey and apple ice creams. With temperatures set to touch 40 degrees Celsius (104F) in central France this weekend, Yuan Zi and Huan Huan have been enjoying the home-made treats as a supplement to their normal bamboo-based diet. "Since Thursday we've been giving them ice cream that we mak ... read more
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