Alert in Europe over rising temperatures

Alert in Europe over rising temperatures
By Seamus Kearney
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Health warnings issued across Europe as temperatures reach potentially dangerous levels in many places


Health warnings are being issued across Europe as temperatures reach potentially dangerous levels in many places.

The strongest heatwave of the summer is predicted in the coming week, with more than 40 degrees expected in some regions.

#Italy & southern Europe are experiencing a #heatwave with +40C maxes in places, but look at these observed overnight min temps! weatherpro</a> <a href=""></a></p>— MeteoGroup UK (WeatherCast_UK) August 2, 2017

The risk of fires breaking out is also a major headache for emergency services, already stretched to the limit in places.

Authorities are urging particular care of the elderly, small children and people in a weak condition.

Extreme weather hits Europe – scientists blame climate change #drought#heatwave#Italy

— Research Management (@researchmgtcom) July 30, 2017

Drinking lots of fluids is crucial, as well as staying out of the sun, wearing light clothes and finding ways to stay cool.

At home, windows and shutters should be closed during the day and regular checks should be made on those unable to look after themselves.

Summer SCORCHER: Fears for holiday Brits set to roast in 42C Spanish heatwave

— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) August 2, 2017

While it is difficult to get exact figures, heatwaves are thought to be responsible for hundreds of deaths when they strike, especially among the elderly or those already suffering from illness.

The Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics reckons that on average 200 more Dutch people will die every week during a heat wave, a 10 percent rise in deaths.

A heatwave in 2003 is thought to have caused 70,000 additional deaths in France and other European countries.

And it’s not just Europe suffering from the heat; headlines on record temperatures are coming out of countries including the US, Canada and China

There’s a #heatwave in Seattle and only 1/3 of households have AC. If nights stay hot, it’ll be dangerous.

— Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg) August 2, 2017

How Extreme #Heat Could Leave Swaths of the Planet Uninhabitable | Vanity Fair.

— TSSS (@TSSStweets) August 2, 2017

Heatwave sees thousands of people cram inside Chinese waterpark to escape 40 degree heat

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) August 1, 2017

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