Germans swelter as mercury hits 38 degrees on one of the hottest days of the year

COLOGNE, GERMANY (AUGUST 7, 2018) (REUTERS) – Germans were finding ways to deal with sweltering temperatures on Tuesday (August 7) as the mercury tipped 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places on one of the hottest days of the year.

Cologne residents gathered at public pools that are expecting record numbers this year while in Berlin, zoo keepers were finding ways to keep their animals cool, with Tonja the polar bear receiving a treat in the form of fruit encased in ice and the zoo’s elephants keeping cool in the water.

In Hamburg, the swans on Lake Binnenalster had to be taken to their winter quarter because the sweltering heat affects the water and endangers their health.

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