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Stifling Heat, Torrential Rains Cover Parts of Europe, Middle East


A record-breaking heat wave over southeastern Europe and parts of the Middle East is expected to continue, closing out what experts say will be the hottest June ever recorded in the region.

Temperatures reached a stifling 46 degrees Celsius Monday in Athens, forcing government offices to close. Greek authorities say the heat killed two elderly women while another death was reported on Cyprus.

Romanian authorities say the heat has killed 25 people.

Elsewhere, British authorities issued warnings across much of the country Monday, where flash floods killed three people in northern England. The bad weather forced a delay in the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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