Another heat wave could exacerbate the situation in popular holiday destinations in southern Europe – and cause record temperatures of up to 50 degrees.
Athens – Go south for a few days in midsummer and have a good time on the beach or pool. Something like this is certainly what some Germans are planning on vacation for the coming period. In large parts of southern Europe, however, it could be difficult to relax and unwind in the coming week.
Heat waves hit southern Europe: desert wind causes temperatures to rise further
The reason for this is the extreme heat that has recently been the order of the day in popular holiday destinations such as Italy or Greece. Temperatures around 40 degrees have been a problem for both locals and tourists in recent weeks. But it could get even hotter in the coming week. Because the desert wind sirocco brings the heat of the Sahara to southern Europe.
Like the Greek Meteorological Office according to information from Berliner Morgenpost announced that in the coming days, especially in central Greece, temperatures above 45 degrees are expected. Even the nights will not offer any cooling off if the temperatures are supposed to drop to just 30 degrees.
Exceptional heat wave in Italy: record temperatures of up to 50 degrees possible
The meteorologist Clemens Grohs also reported almost unbelievable forecasts on the portal’s Twitter account Kachelman weather. Accordingly, the population of Italy is threatened with temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius in the coming week. The previous heat record in Europe is 48 degrees. “One can only hope for southern and southeastern Europe that it doesn’t turn out like that,” said Grohs. The experts do not expect the heat wave to cool off until after August 8th. Then the temperatures during the day can drop below 40 degrees again.
In addition to Italy and Greece, other southern European countries such as Croatia, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Romania are also affected by the heat wave.
Extreme heat in popular holiday destinations: This is what tourists can do
Against the heat, doctors recommend people who are in the regions to avoid direct sunlight. You should also shower several times a day and drink plenty of water. In addition, alcohol should be avoided as far as possible.
A cancellation of the holiday due to the high temperatures is normally not possible. Exceptions, however, are cases in which “unavoidable exceptional circumstances” have a significant impact on the trip. According to the consumer advice center, this also includes forest fires in the immediate vicinity of the travel area.
Heat wave causes forest fires: Several southern European countries are affected
The constant heat in southern Europe is already causing problems in many places. Forest fires have been raging on the Italian island of Sicily for several days and forest fires are also spreading in Greece and Turkey. On the Turkish Mediterranean coast, regions in five provinces have been declared disaster areas due to the ongoing fires. (fd)
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