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Parched tourists seek gelato and shade in sweltering Paris and Rome

Updated : 2019-06-26 11:49:48

Tourists in Rome and Paris scaled back their sightseeing in sweltering temperatures on Tuesday, dousing themselves at fountains and cooling down with ice cream as a heatwave continued in continental Europe. "With this hot sun we try and keep to the cooler places," said Fari, a Spanish tourist to the Italian capital, speaking by the Trevi fountain. "From 8 o'clock we are out looking at Rome, and from midday we eat ice cream," he added. The temperature had already reached 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) early in the morning with high levels of humidity. In Paris, locals and tourists stripped down to paddle in the Trocadero fountains by the Eiffel Tower.French forecaster Meteo France issued an orange alert, the second highest level of weather warning, projecting highs of 34C in the French capital, and up to 39C elsewhere.

An elderly woman drinks a glass of water at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
An elderly woman drinks a glass of water at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
An elderly women eats ice cream at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
An elderly women eats ice cream at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Food and drinks are seen on a trolley as care nurses prepare to give water and syrup to elderly people at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Food and drinks are seen on a trolley as care nurses prepare to give water and syrup to elderly people at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Jugs with water and ice creams are seen on a trolley at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Jugs with water and ice creams are seen on a trolley at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A care nurse gives a glass of water to an elderly woman at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A care nurse gives a glass of water to an elderly woman at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A woman and her child bathe at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen, Denmark June 25, 2019. Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
A woman and her child bathe at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen, Denmark June 25, 2019. Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
Boys jump in the water at the Snail on Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark June 25, 2019. Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
Boys jump in the water at the Snail on Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark June 25, 2019. Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
People cool off in the fountains at the Andre Citroen park in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People cool off in the fountains at the Andre Citroen park in Paris as a heatwave hit much of the country, France, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Empty glasses are seen on a trolley as care nurses prepare to give water and ice creams to elderly people at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Empty glasses are seen on a trolley as care nurses prepare to give water and ice creams to elderly people at a retirement home, as France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures, in Le Bouscat, France June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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