- from Extreme Weather
In the summer of 2003, Europe was very hot. Temperatures hit record highs in five countries.
In Paris, workers at the Eiffel Tower sprayed mist on hot tourists. The London Zoo cooled off its lions using ice. It was Europe’s hottest summer in 500 years. It caused at least 35,000 deaths.
That heat wave was a natural disaster. It was the deadliest one in the world that year. You can’t take great photos of hot weather. That’s one reason many people don’t take heat seriously. Every year, heat kills more Americans than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and lightning combined.