Authorities in southeastern Europe are sounding the alarm bells with mounting reports of heat-related deaths. Numerous countries are adopting emergency measures to protect vulnerable people from the dangers of a current heat wave. Authorities in Hungary are blaming the heat for the deaths of some 500 people over the past week, many of them elderly people.
While Britain counts the cost of massive flooding, Greece, which is recording temperatures in the upper 40s, has called a state of emergency.
Hospitals are reported to be inundated with people suffering from the heat in many countries.
Experts are urging the public to avoid going outdoors during the hottest part of the day and to drink plenty of liquids.