It is hot in Europe. How hot is it?
Yesterday, the United Kingdom halted all flights at its largest Royal Air Force base because the runway melted. Around 1997, give or take a year or two, Western Europe had a "terrible" heat wave. Day after day for weeks, the daily news in the USA included how many people died every day in Europe, mostly in France, but also Great Britain, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Over six hundred people died in a matter of four or five weeks due to heat. Paris had the highest death toll of the major cities. Weeks went by and no news media ever reported the actual temperatures. Near the end of the fourth week, Roger was astounded to learn the highest temperature in Paris that summer was 93 degrees F.