COOLER DAYS AHEAD
A hot air balloon f lies over the Yenidze, a former tobacco factory, at sunset in Dresden, Germany. Meteorologists are predicting cloudy weather and cooler temperatures in the Saxony region and other parts of Europe in the coming days after a week of record highs. A heavy storm with strong winds, hail and rain hit the Balkans on Monday, uprooting trees and damaging roofs, cars and crops. Slovenia’s STA news agency reported that the storms “caused havoc” across the country overnight Sunday and into Monday. Thousands of households were left without electricity. A wildfire broke out in the coastal Makarska area of central Croatia despite the cooling trend, engulfing pine trees and low shrubbery and halting traffic on a key road. In Romania, authorities retrieved the bodies of two teenage boys who drowned while bathing in a river to cool off during the heat wave. At least four other people were killed in separate incidents as storms raged in northern Italy over the weekend.