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Heat Wave Blamed for Deaths in Europe

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - June 23, Southeastern Europe baked under soaring temperatures Friday, with nearly 30 deaths across the region blamed on the year's first major heat wave. Electricity supplies, particularly in Greece and Albania, were strained as air conditioning use spiked.
Temperatures reached 104 degrees in Athens on Friday, with a top recorded temperature of 113 degrees on the island of Rhodes, according to state NET television.
Romania was particularly hard hit. Nineteen people have died of heat-related causes in the past few days, including 14 in the capital, Bucharest, the country's Health Ministry said.
Temperatures in parts of the country are expected to reach 109.4 degrees this weekend, some of the highest temperatures since the record-breaking summer of 1987, when hundreds of people died due to the heat.
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