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[Slideshow] France and Italy feel the heat as 'canicule' hits

Dogs cool down by a public fountain during an unusual early summer heatwave, Rome, 24 June 2019.
Dogs cool down by a public fountain during an unusual early summer heatwave, Rome, 24 June 2019. AFP/Tiziana Fabi

Europeans are in for a scorcher this week with temperatures set to soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius in parts in a rare June heatwave. The term takes on a more vivid image in Romance languages – Canicule, or Canicula, from Latin, which you could translate as "Dog Days". It refers to the Canis Major, a Southern Hemisphere constellation, which is visible only at the height of summer.

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Dogs cool down by a public fountain during an unusual 'canicule' in Rome. Canicule, or Canicula, from Latin, could translate as "Dog Days". It refers to the Canis Major, a Southern Hemisphere constellation, which is visible only at the height of summer.
Dogs cool down by a public fountain during an unusual 'canicule' in Rome. Canicule, or Canicula, from Latin, could translate as "Dog Days". It refers to the Canis Major, a Southern Hemisphere constellation, which is visible only at the height of summer. AFP/Tiziana Fabi

Tourists in Rome drink and fill their bottle from a public fountain.
Tourists in Rome drink and fill their bottle from a public fountain. AFP/Alberto Pizzoli

Tourists feel the heat in Rome.
Tourists feel the heat in Rome. AFP/Alberto Pizzoli

Tourists cover up to escape the sun as temperatures soar on the French Riviera, in Nice.
Tourists cover up to escape the sun as temperatures soar on the French Riviera, in Nice. AFP/Valery Hache

A refreshing glass on the banks of the Seine in Paris to escape the baking heat indoors.
A refreshing glass on the banks of the Seine in Paris to escape the baking heat indoors. AFP/Christophe Archambault

A man reclines in a hammock under the shade of pine trees along the banks of Saint-Ferreol, southwestern France.
A man reclines in a hammock under the shade of pine trees along the banks of Saint-Ferreol, southwestern France. AFP/Eric Cabanis

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