Most of Europe is now enjoying the continuing spell of fine weather which has sent millions in search of cold drinks, ice cream or a cooling river, fountain or beach.
GV City Park, The Hague.
SVs people in beats on lake (5 shots)
GV Pan Trafalgar Square London
SV people sitting around fountain (2 shots)
SV young girl paddling in fountain.
SV people in St. James' Park London (2 shots)
GV Havel River Lakes, West Berlin, with people by lakeside and in water (2 shots)
SV children playing on lakeside
SV people playing in lake (4 shots)
GV swans on lake in foreground
GV Pan People around Trevi fountain Rome
SV boy in fountain swimming pan to people sitting round fountain dangling feet in water (3 shots)
SV Man standing under waterfall in fountain.
LV AND SV boy in water.
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Background: Most of Europe is now enjoying the continuing spell of fine weather which has sent millions in search of cold drinks, ice cream or a cooling river, fountain or beach.
Temperatures varied between 90 degrees F (32 C) in Rome and 70 degrees F (25 C) in Amsterdam (5 July) moderate enough by many world standards, but enough to send millions of Europeans off in search of a cooling activity.
In the Dutch capital The Hague, where temperatures reached 88 F (30 C) people took to the beaches in their thousands for cooling dip. London, where the temperature reached 72F (22 C), was hot enough for the fountains in the famous Trafalgar to be turned into impromptu paddling pools - and in Rome too tourists looked to the fountains to help them cope with the heatwave.
SYNOPSIS: Most of Europe is continuing to enjoy the spell of fine weather which has sent millions off in search of a cold drink, an ice cream or a cooling river, beach or even fountain. Here in the Dutch capital, The Hague, temperatures were in the mid seventies Fahrenheit (mid twenties centigrade), hot enough to send thousands off to the beach.
London reached 77 F (25 C) high enough for normally reserved English to break their self-imposed silence and talk about - yes, you guessed - the weather. Here in Trafalgar Square, tourists and office workers alike crowded round the fountains.
The British Motoring Organisations were reporting hundreds of breakdowns from cars with faulty cooling systems but this young lady at least was in no danger of boiling over.
In nearby St. James' Park lunchtime sun-seekers were out in force
West Berlin is two thirds lake and woodland - so when the temperature soars here, there's a time-tried remedy - take to the water. Here temperatures went as high as 84 F (29 C) and restaurant owners on the fashionable Kurfurstendamm were reporting big run on the city's favourite summer drink - "Berliner Weisse mit Schuss", a pale beer with a shot of fruit cordial. Here at the Havelsee - the Havel lake - Berliners turned out in their hundreds after an early finish at office or factory.
Rome has been enjoying temperatures in the high eighties F (30 plus C) for several weeks. Even the famous Trevi fountain has become an impromptu swimming pool. But whether you say 'Ont Zeppend, wap een Hippe' in Holland, or 'Uffa che afa' in Italy or 'Was eine Bullenhitze' in Germany, it all comes to the same. All over Europe it's "Phew, what a scorcher!"