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Storms, heavy winds hit Europe after intense heat wave

BELGRADE — A heavy storm with strong winds, hail, and rain hit the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe as the weather changed on Monday after a week of record-high temperatures in the region.

Temperatures dropped significantly in some areas, bringing relief after reaching more than 104 degrees last week.

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Slovenia’s STA news agency reported that the storms caused havoc across the country overnight Sunday to Monday. Thousands of households were left without electricity, as the storm flooded dozens of houses, collapsed trees, and damaged cars, and crops.

On Sunday, two men were killed in separate incidents in northern Italy when strong winds toppled trees that crushed them. In another incident, a hiker slipped to her death from a muddy path. A lightning strike killed a man walking in a forest in a fourth incident Sunday.

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Meanwhile, officials in neighboring Romania retrieved the bodies of two teenage boys who drowned while bathing in the Siret River to cool off during the heat wave.

In Croatia’s Istria peninsula, stormy winds late Sunday uprooted trees and damaged roofs. Temporary traffic restrictions were imposed along the Adriatic coast late Sunday and early Monday.

Greek authorities said Monday that they have contained a large wildfire that blazed through the southern island of Kythira for more than three days, devastating the landscape but causing no injuries or damage to homes.

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Dozens of wildfires have erupted in Europe during an extremely hot and dry summer.

Associated Press

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