As countries across Europe gear up for record temperatures, some people are making the most of the sunshine. But in Germany on Wednesday two deaths were attributed to the heat- a lorry driver and a swimmer in northern Bavaria. In the Netherlands, an annual walking event in the city of Nijmegen had to be called off after two walkers died of heatstroke. As temperatures hit 36 celsius in Paris, the French health minister linked nine recent deaths to the heat wave.
The latest was a 53 -year-old man who died at a site in Macon after working outside all day long. A local doctor explains where the danger lies:
“In many cases it’s when two factors are combined, namely strenuous effort, and then exterior heat, the environment.”
French authorities were accused of reacting too slowly in 2003 when the heatwave killed an estimated 15 thousand people. Now they have put hospitals and retirement homes on high alert. In Italy, while Rome’s Trevi fountain’s provided some relief, fire stations are opening their doors to the elderly from Thursday.