A man lies on a bench in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Swaths of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius Friday in a heat wave nicknamed "Lucifer" that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.Italy and the Balkans were worst affected, though areas as far north as southern Poland also basked in abnormally hot temperatures, and European weather hub Meteoalarm issued its highest grade "red" warnings for 10 countries.Winegrowers in Italy have started gathering the grape harvest weeks earlier than usual due to the extreme heat.
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