- Title: GERMANY: GERMANS HEAD UP COUNTRY'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE HEATWAVE
- Date: 11th August 2003
- Summary: (EU) ZUGSPITZE, BAVARIA, GERMANY (AUGUST 10, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE SHOT OF GERMAN ALPS 2. WIDE OF CABLE CAR STATION 3. PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN THE CABLES AT THE MOUNTAINS IN DISTANCE 4. WIDE OF PEOPLE GETTING INTO THE CABLE CAR 5. CABLE CAR MOVES UP THE MOUNTAINSIDE 6. WIDE OF PEOPLE STANDING AT THE WEATHER STATION AT TOP 7. VARIOUS OF WEATHER STATION SHOWING THE TEMPERATURE AT NINE DEGREES CELSIUS 8. WIDE OF GIRLS IN JUMPERS HUGGING EACH OTHER AND MAN PUTTING ON A JUMPER 9. VARIOUS SHOTS OF PEOPLE CLIMBING ON THE ROCKS 10. CLOSE UP OF MAN HELPING HIS SON CLIMB DOWN THE ROCKS 11. WIDE OF MAN SITTING ON A ROCK OUTCROP 12. WIDE OF PEOPLE SITTING ON THE TIP OF THE MOUNTAIN, PAN ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN TOPS 13. SOUNDBITE (German) HELMUT SALZER TALKING ABOUT WEATHER SAYING "Yes, it's the main reason why we are here. We missed the first heat wave as we were in Sweden, but now enough is enough, and so we thought we would have a cooler day and go up the Zugspitze mountain." 14. SOUNDBITE (German) SALZER'S WIFE SAYING: "We drove all the way especially, from Stuttgart." 15. WIDE OF PEOPLE SITTING IN WARM HIKING CLOTHING 16. WIDE OF MAN PUTTING ON A JUMPER AND PEOPLE WEARING HATS 17. WIDE OF PEOPLE SITTING OUTSIDE A RESTAURANT ON MOUNTAINSIDE 18. CLOSE UP OF WOMAN TURNING HER FACE TO THE SUN 19. WIDE OF PEOPLE ON THE TIP OF MOUNTAIN IN HIKING CLOTHES 20. SOUNDBITE (German) JOSPEH WEDLICH SAYING "The weather at the moment is criminal, the heat. But up here it is wonderful, we are surprised." 21. WIDE LOOKING DOWN TO THE EIBSEE 22. PEOPLE WITH BINOCULARS LOOKING DOWN ONTO THE LAKE 23. WIDE OF THE LAKE (EU) STARNBERGER LAKE, BAVARIA, GERMANY (AUGUST 10, 2003) (REUTERS) 24. WIDE OF PEOPLE BATHING IN THE STARNBERGER LAKE 25. CLOSE UP OF THE WATER 26. PAN ACROSS THE LAKE 27. PEOPLE WADING INTO THE WATER 28. WIDE OF SWANS AND GEESE 29. VARIOUS SHOTS OF PEOPLE BATHING 30. WIDE OF CHILDREN SWIMMING IN THE LAKE WITH PACKED BEACH IN BACKGROUND; WIDE OF PADDLE BOATS AND SAILING BOATS; SLV PLEASURE BOAT LEAVING BANK AND BLOWING HORN 3.35 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 26th August 2003 13:00
- Location: ZUGSPITZE,AND STARNBERGER LAKE, BAVARIA, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVACTUZA2IWYC1HLZIV6V54LY8ER
- Story Text: Germans are heading up the country's highest mountain in an
attempt to escape termperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius.
After temperatures reached record highs in Germany over the weekend, people have been flocking to climb Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.
At 2,964 meters, the temperature at the top of the mountain on Sunday
(August 10) was a cool nine degrees Celsius, drawing people from all over southern Germany where the temperature has been a scorching 36 degrees Celsius.
"The heat at the moment is criminal," said Joseph Wedlich.
"Enough is enough," said Helmut Salzer who had driven from Stuttgart. "We
thought we would have a cooler day and go up the Zugspitze mountain."
Having got used to temperatures in the thirties for the last few weeks,
most hikers had to resort to wearing jumpers on the cool mountaintop, but
seemed very happy to be doing so. And even up there they had to wear sunhats.
Those not wanting to risk the rocky mountianside had to make do with taking
a dip in the nearby Starnberger Lake where with 36 degrees Celsius there was
certainly no need for a jumper.
The hottest temperature since German records began, 40.8 degrees Celsius,
was recorded in the south-western town of Perl-Nennig on Friday. The highest
temperature previously recorded was 40.2 degrees in Bavaria in 1983.
There is little sign of any speedy end to the sweltering heat in Germany. A
spokesman for the German Weather Service told Reuters the hot weather was
expected to continue until the middle of next week.
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