Friday, July 16, 2010

Bikinis in Moscow? Europe wilts in heat wave

updated 7/15/2010 4:34:50 PM ET

MOSCOW — It's so hot that women in bikinis are sunbathing in Moscow.

A heat wave across much of Europe is also causing crops to wither, forest fires to ignite and roads to melt, while refrigerators and fans are buckling in the searing sun.

From Russia's Urals mountains to western Germany, a week of temperatures hovering stubbornly in the mid-90 degrees has baked northern parts of Europe, which are usually spared the heat of the Mediterranean — and forecasters are warning of more to come over the next week.

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