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Heat wave brings Germany new June high for 2nd time in days

UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

Sarah True of the United States competes in the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. True had to give up while leading 1,000 meters before the finish. (Michael Probst / Associated Press)
Sarah True of the United States competes in the Ironman Triathlon in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, June 30, 2019. True had to give up while leading 1,000 meters before the finish. (Michael Probst / Associated Press)
Associated Press

BERLIN – Germany has recorded a new high temperature for June just days after an early summer heat wave toppled a 72-year-old record

German meteorological service DWD said the central town of Bad Kreuznach reached at 102 degrees Sunday. A later reading showed the mercury climbing to 102.7 but DWD says it hasn’t been confirmed.

The high of 101.5 registered Wednesday beat a June record in Germany that had stood since 1947.

An early summer heat wave has baked parts of Europe since Tuesday. While addressing the faithful assembled in St. Peter’s Square on another uncomfortably hot day in Rome, Pope Francis said he wished all workers a period of rest during the summer, saying the break would be good for them and their families.

Francis said he was praying for “all those who particularly suffer the consequences of the heat,” including people who were ill, elderly or with jobs requiring long hours outdoors. He prayed that no one be exploited or abandoned to their suffering.

Rome has sweated through high humidity and temperatures in the high 90s. The rest of Italy and much of the rest of Europe, particularly France, have also sweltered.

The intense heat took its toll on athletes at several sporting events in Germany over the weekend.

American competitor Sarah True collapsed 1,000 metersfrom the finish line of the Frankfurt Ironman on Sunday.

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