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European Heat Wave

Aired August 8, 2003 - 19:12   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Moving overseas now, if you ask anyone who's been to Europe this summer, most likely, they'll tell you not about the sights or the food, but about the weather. It has been wickedly hot over there. France is frying. And the heat is unbuttoning even the most uptight Brit.
It may have even gotten to our Richard Quest. Take a look.

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RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hot, humid and harried, that's the way most of Europe has felt this week, as temperatures have soared to record levels.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is really hot. It is a disaster. We go out early in the morning. And middle of the day, we...

QUEST: In France, as the mercury hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Parisians went to their beach. Even though the capital is two hours from the coast, three tons of sand recreated the seaside in the heart of Paris.

In Britain, where complaining about the weather is a national pastime, there's been plenty to moan about.

(on camera): As the temperature in London has reached record levels, so conditions on the city's underground two trains have become downright messy and sweaty and unpleasant. In fact, things got so bad that passengers were fainting and the companies had to hand out free bottles of water. At one point, the temperatures in the cars was hotter than it's legal to carry cattle.

(voice-over): Many have taken the easy way out -- out of the office, that is -- to make the most of the sun. Even the animals at London's zoo seem to be getting in on the act. Monkeys get iced lollipops. Penguins get fished-flavor ices.

(on camera): This whole beautiful British summer is going to cost the economy a small fortune, several hundred million dollars, because so many of us have decided to suddenly feel a little bit faint and have to take the day off, maybe a longer lunchtime and certainly going home early.

In the battle to stay cool, I think I've discovered the secret.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Richard? Richard? I don't think this is a good idea. QUEST (voice-over): Richard Quest, CNN, London.

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