Authorities in 11 countries advise residents and visitors to take precautions amid regions most intense heatwave nicknamed Lucifer since 2003
Eleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists urged the public take precautions and scientists alerting worse could be still to come.
Authorities in countries including Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia are on red alert, the European forecasters network Meteoalarm said, and swaths of southern Spain and France are on amber.
As temperatures in many places reached or exceeded 40 C( 104 F) in the regions most sustained heatwave since 2003, emergency services are being put on standby and people have been asked to remain vigilant, stay indoors, avoid long journey, drink enough fluids and listen for emergency advice from health officials.
At least two people have died from the heat, one in Romania and one in Poland, and many more taken to hospital suffering from sunstroke and other heat-related conditions. Italy said its hospitalisation rate was 15% above normal and asked people in affected regions merely to travel if their journey was essential. Polish officials warned of possible infrastructure failures.
A spokeswoman for Abta, the UK travel trade organisation, reinforced the advice for holidaymakers, saying they should take sensible precautions, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, stay out of the sun in the middle of the day, and follow any advice was published by health authorities in specific destinations.
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