ITALY – A deadly heat wave dubbed “Lucifer” has hit parts of Europe, leaving at least two people dead as temperatures soared to record highs.
Extreme heat reaching more than 40 degrees Celsius in Italy, and parts of France and Spain and the Balkans, has led to dozens of wildfires.
In Romania, a 45-year-old man collapsed and died on Friday while working in a field in the northeast, while a 60-year-old man died of a heart attack on the street.
On Saturday, Spain’s national weather service issued an emergency warning for high temperatures for 31 of the country’s 50 provinces as forecasts predicted temperatures of up to 44 degrees Celsius.
Authorities in other countries urged people to stay indoors and drink a lot of water. The public health institute in Belgrade urged people to keep wet towels on windows if there is no air conditioning, and avoid physical strain and alcohol.
In Croatia, authorities have appealed to the thousands of tourists vacationing along the country’s Adriatic coast to be careful on the beaches and while travelling.
In Montenegro, authorities issued a fire alert because of dry weather, while in Albania, 15 wildfires have been reported. DAJ/Expat Media
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