REPOST: What is the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave in Europe, which countries have had the highest temperatures and what’s the latest forecast?

Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, and Greece have been the worst hit of this year’s European summer heat wave. The weather phenomenon is particularly dangerous for older people and can cause massive forest fires. Here are more details from The Sun:

A RELENTLESS heatwave which has surged across southern Europe has been given the satanic nickname “Lucifer”.

The sweltering temperatures have caused the mercury rise to as high as 44C in the south of Spain.

Here’s the low down on the high temperatures currently hitting the continent.
People enjoy the sun and the sea on a beach in Villeneuve Loubet, southern France

What is the Lucifer heatwave?

“Lucifer” is the nickname Europeans have come up with to describe the heatwave baking southern Europe.

The devilish moniker was coined after several countries across the continent saw temperatures head north of 40C.

So far at least five people have died in the heat in Italy and Romania.

Unusually high temperatures are being recorded across an area spanning much of Spain and Portugal, southern France, Italy, the Balkans and Hungary.

Hospital admissions have spiked 15-20 per cent in Italy, where at least three people have died.

Italians longing for the beach have dubbed the hot spell “Lucifero”, or Lucifer.

Which countries have had the hottest weather?

Weather boffins have warned the dangerous heatwave has put lives at risk on the continent.

Meteoalarm – a Europe-wide operation made up of dozens of national weather services – has warned that “major damage and accidents are likely, in many cases with threat to life”.

It has issued red alerts – considered “very dangerous” and meaning “exceptionally intense meteorological phenomena are forecast” – for parts of Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Poland.

Orange alerts – which mean dangerous weather is expected – are in place in Spain, southern France, Greece and much of the Mediterranean.

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