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Bulgarians swelter under heat wave

August 13, 2014

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians are seeking relief in the mountains, city parks, rivers and lakes as authorities warned of high temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit.)

Meteorologists on Wednesday said the heat wave will continue for another day or two with sizzling temperatures in most of Bulgaria.

The mayor of the capital, Sofia, ordered cold water to be pumped on the sweltering asphalt-covered main streets.

Hospitals and health centers are on alert for patients suffering from effects of the heat. Officials urged the elderly to stay indoors during the midday heat over the next few days. City authorities have set up spots where bottled water is offered for free.

Meteorologists expect temperatures to drop during the weekend, but another heat wave is forecast to hit the region next week.

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