A man rests at a fountain in Piazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy, on July 14.
Italian authorities issued a “severe” health risk to 16 cities including Rome and Florence this weekend. heat wave To bake Europe threatens to bring record temperatures.
Temperatures can reach 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, climatologists at the European Space Agency (ESA) say, “potentially the hottest temperatures ever recorded in Europe”.
Rome can get as hot as 44°C (111°F).
Italian authorities issued the second-highest temperature warning for nine other cities. The country’s Ministry of Health advises the public to stay hydrated, eat light meals and avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 11am and 6pm.
The European Space Agency has warned that the heat wave in Europe is just beginning, with Spain, France, Germany and Poland expected to experience very difficult weather, just as the continent welcomes what is expected to be. It is a record number for tourists Coming for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
A woman in Rome drinks water near the Roman Forum.
Greece on Saturday closed the Acropolis of Athens for the second day in a row amid sweltering temperatures. Local police helped a tourist who had fallen into difficulty on Friday.
There is particular concern for those who work outdoors after a 44-year-old construction worker died in Italy after collapsing on a roadside earlier in the week.
Authorities in Spain have warned that the heat wave is not only hitting the usual frying regions in the south, but also affecting the cooler north of the country.
In the south, temperatures in the cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada reached 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spain’s national weather service says it’s also booming on the Spanish Mediterranean resort island of Majorca with highs of 36 degrees Celsius, or 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, even the normally temperate region of Navarre in the north is seeing highs of 40°C.
A huge fire that broke out on the island of La Palma in the Spanish Canary Islands has burned down many homes and forced the evacuation of 500 people, the regional government of the Canary Islands said Saturday morning.
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Heat is one of the most dangerous natural hazards – more than 61,000 people died In the scorching heat wave in Europe last year.
The current heatwave – dubbed “Cerberus” by the Italian Meteorological Society after the three-headed monster that appears in Dante’s “Inferno” – has led to more concerns for people’s health, particularly as it coincides with one of the busiest periods for tourism. Summer is Europe’s busiest season.
Europe isn’t the only place experiencing extreme temperatures. A severe heat wave lasted for weeks in parts of the country Western United States It’s set to get worse this weekend, with more than 90 million people under heat alerts.
Extreme weather is affecting even as far afield as Australia, with Sydney experiencing unseasonably warm weather in the winter months, according to the country’s meteorological office.