Saturday, August 5, 2017

Heatwave Lucifer is making Europe ‘hot as hell’

Heatwave Lucifer is making Europe ‘hot as hell’
Adam SmithFriday 4 Aug 2017 3:04 pm
Hot as hell: Europe weather temperature map is hotter than normal (Picture: WeatherOnline)
A heatwave called ‘Lucifer’ is causing havoc in Europe with 11 countries being issued ‘danger’ warnings over rocketing temperatures.
Across Italy, Spain, Croatia, Hungary and Southern Europe temperatures are higher than 40C which has led to forest fires, evacuations and safety fears for the vulnerable.
Many holiday destinations popular with British tourists are now warning both residents and visitors to stay in the shade and carry water at all times.
The Italians have dubbed the heatwave ‘Lucifer’ and it comes on the back of one of the longest drought’s in history.
The heatwave has caused a 15 per cent increase in hospital emergency admissions in Italy with 26 major towns and cities on the health ministry’s maximum heat alert.
Farmers are counting the cost after a prolonged drought and weather forecasters predict the hot weather is here to stay for at least another week.
In Florence the ‘perceived temperature’ which is determined by temperature, humidity and wind and has been reported at more than 50C.
In Abruzzo a 79-year-old woman was found dead in a field next to her home overcome by flames that engulfed two hectares of surrounding farmland.
A section of the Via Aurelia coastal motorway that runs northwards from Rome to the Riviera had to be closed for several hours because of a major fire near Grosseto in Tuscany.
And in Romania ‘red alerts’ have been issued after meteorologists have forecast 42C in western parts of the country.

The beaches across the Mediterranean will all feel a lot hotter than normal due to warm winds coming up from Africa.
The heatwave has also caused wildfires in Italy, Spain and Croatia this week.
In Greece, the seaside town of Kalyvia, south of Athens, had to be evacuated as a wildfires threatened homes in high winds.
A woman cools off in a fountain at Piazza del Popolo in Rome amid record high temperatures (Picture AP)
Albanian authorities have asked for help from the European Union to fight some 20 wildfires in the Vlora district along the country’s Riviera.
And in Romania, authorities told people not to go outside during the heatwave, and urged adults not to leave children in cars due to the fierce sunshine.
Romanian police said there would be restrictions for heavy traffic on major roads during the heatwave.
Florence’s Uffizi Gallery was temporarily closed after its air conditioning system broke down. (Picture: EPA)
In Greece local authorities yesterday issued an evacuation order for residents near a seaside town south of Athens as a wildfire threatens homes in high winds.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.