Thousands left to cope with brutal heat hitting this week in Europe

 Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Officials warned residents and tourists packing Mediterranean destinations on Tuesday to stay indoors during the hottest hour as the second heat wave in as many weeks hits the region and Greece, Spain, and Switzerland battled wildfires.

In Italy, civil protection workers monitored crowds for people in distress from the heat in central Rome, while Red Cross teams in Portugal took to social media to warn people not to leave pets or children in parked cars.

In Greece, volunteers handed out drinking water, and in Spain, they reminded people to protect themselves from breathing in smoke from fires.

The new heat wave in several parts of southern Europe is expected to persist for days. The U.N weather agency said that temperatures in Europe, amplified by climate change could break the 48.8 – degree Celsius (119.8 – degrees Fahrenheit) record set in Sicily two years ago.

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