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As heatwaves sweep Europe, just how hot are our cities going to get?

With 2019 set to be a scorcher maybe this will be the year when the dangerous 35°C "wet heat" threshold is finally achieved

By Bill McGuire  

People cool off on the banks of river Seine in Paris, France. Photo: PA

Imagine feeling so hot that you can barely move or breathe; that despite burning up inside, it is too humid to sweat, so your body can’t cool down. Imagine knowing that—unless you can find an air-conditioned refuge—you have less than six hours to live.

Even the blistering June heatwave across Europe that smashed records and sent temperatures soaring to almost 46°C in France, did not bring about such a nightmare scenario. As we continue to…

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