A scorching heatwave is engulfing parts of southern Europe and north-west Africa, raising concerns about potential record-breaking temperatures in the coming days. Meteorologists predict temperatures exceeding 40 °C (104 °F) in Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, and Turkey. Italy faces the most extreme conditions, with temperatures possibly reaching a staggering 48.8 C (119.8 F). A red alert warning has been issued for 10 Italian cities, including Rome, Bologna, and Florence.
Tragically, a man in his forties collapsed and died while painting zebra crossing lines in the town of Lodi, Italy. Politician Nicola Fratoianni expressed the unbearable nature of the heatwave and urged the implementation of precautions to prevent similar tragedies.
Authorities advise individuals to consume a minimum of two liters of water per day while avoiding dehydrating beverages such as coffee and alcohol. Tourists in Rome have resorted to using sprinklers and thermal water to combat the sweltering conditions.
Spain has already experienced temperatures of up to 45 °C, with overnight temperatures remaining as high as 25 °C. The Andalusian regional government has established a telephone assistance service to aid those affected by the heatwave, receiving over 54,000 calls since its launch.
Dubbed the Cerberus heatwave, after the mythological three-headed dog in Dante’s Inferno, the extreme conditions are anticipated to persist in the coming days. The severity of this heatwave raises concerns about the impact of climate change and the frequency of extreme weather events worldwide.