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Large parts of Europe are facing an unusual summer ritual this week, raising public health concerns, with temperatures rising significantly for Europeans.

In Germany, the Meteorological Agency said it would record temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius with the arrival of a heat wave called "I" all over the country. Temperatures have risen especially in southwestern Germany, reaching about 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, forcing many schools to bring children home.

Germany's highest temperature was in the southern city of Kitsingen, where the temperature was 40.3 degrees Celsius on July 5, 2015 and August 7 of the same year.

In France, where a heat wave in 2003 killed 15,000 people, Health Minister Agnes Bouzine appealed to citizens to "make solidarity efforts."

With temperatures expected to rise to more than 40 degrees in some parts, she urged everyone to check the safety of elderly and disabled neighbors, and asked them to provide water and shelter homeless people on the streets.

France's National Weather Service has issued a warning of a severe heat wave, especially in central and eastern France, noting that the heat will peak between Wednesday and Friday. The French government on Monday decided to postpone the weekend exams for high school students to next week to spare them from being forced to endure the heat.

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