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People bathe in the Trocadero Fountain near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images

Officials pleaded with people to take precautions as Western Europe's deadly heat wave continued to break temperature records in several countries this week, AFP reports.

Details: Meteorologists say scorching-hot air from the Sahara is responsible for Western Europe's unusually early summer heat wave — and it's sending temperatures soaring past 100°F in some places, per the World Meteorological Organization. Here's how some are dealing with the impact of the heat.

Spain has been hit by a series of wildfires, like this one in central Spain, as temperatures remained sky-high during the weekend, per AFP. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images
Surfers enjoy the unseasonably warm weather in Bournemouth, on England's south coast. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Many people wore bathing suits as they cooled off in fountains after a Pride parade in Paris. Photo: Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A swimming pool complex in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images
La Concha beach in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian. Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images
Team USA drinks water and gets wet towels during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match clash with Spain in Reims, France. Photo: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images
Crowds on the pebble beach in Brighton, on England's south coast. Photo: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images
Nuns protect themselves from the heat at the Vatican. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
Dogs refresh by a public fountain in Rome, Italy. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
People on the French Riviera city of Nice. Photo : Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists at Infantry Memorial Monument Square in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Zhang Cheng/Xinhua via Getty Images
Meerkats taste an ice cream bomb filled with delicacies at Berlin Zoo. Photo: Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images
People are taking to pedal boats on the Old Danube, a subsidiary of the Danube River, in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

This article has been updated with new details on the latest weather conditions and more photos.

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This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated" — Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Teens and adults missed 37 million vaccinations during COVID — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics.
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UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.