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France Has Driest July on Record With Crops Taking a Battering

  • High temperatures have spread forest fires, stressed corn
  • Country faces another heat wave this week, Meteo France says
Dry corn crops near Hostens, in Gironde, France. 

Dry corn crops near Hostens, in Gironde, France. 

Photographer: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

France experienced its driest July on record as searing heat spread across Europe, putting strain in key crops.

The average precipitation across the country was 8.1 millimeters (0.3 inches), making it the driest month since March 1961, forecaster Meteo France said on its website. Rainfall in Brittany, Auvergne and Corsica was at least 95% below the norm.