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Europe Braces for Extreme Heat as Power Infrastructure Wobbles

  • Soaring temperatures boost cooling demand amid energy crisis
  • Parts of Rhine already at risk of closing due to water level

Another scorching heat wave is set to hit northwest and central Europe this week, putting further pressure on the continent’s strained power infrastructure.

Sizzling temperatures are expected to hit the UK, Germany and France -- reaching almost 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) on Friday -- according to Maxar Technologies LLC. The heat will boost demand for cooling, aggravating already dry conditions that hurt crops and force limits on water use.