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Heat Wave Spreads Across Europe as Summer Highs Come Early

Climate change is set to make weather even hotter

A street thermometer reads 47 degrees Celsius during a heatwave in Seville, Spain, on June 13.

A street thermometer reads 47 degrees Celsius during a heatwave in Seville, Spain, on June 13.

Photographer: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

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Even under the shade of large umbrellas at Terraza Colon cafe in the heart of Madrid, it was hot. The tables were empty.

“June is one of the best months for us, so a heat wave right now is no good for business,” manager Daniel Benito, 42, said as he helped a waitress rearrange large fans and sprayed the floor with water to try and cool down the space. “It’s just impossible to plan and run a business with such extreme weather.”