France girds for heat records as wildfires rage on

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PARIS (Reuters) – France braced on Monday for what could become one of the hottest days ever recorded with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius in coastal regions cherished by tourists, as wildfires intensified in the west and south. “The peak of this heat wave is expected Monday,” MeteoFrance said in a statement, forecasting temperatures between 40 and 42 degrees – and “higher in some local areas” across France’s western Atlantic coast. “The day could become one of the hottest ever recorded in France,” it said, adding that temperatures could edge towards an unprecedented 40 degrees in the…

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