Heat warning issued to holidaymakers in Europe as temperatures top 40C

Heat warning issued to holidaymakers in Europe as temperatures top 40C”

Extreme weather warnings have been issued across Europe as a fierce heatwave dubbed "Lucifer" by the Italian press blasts the region.

The hot weather - which is travelling from Africa across the Mediterranean - has led 26 European cities to issue weather warnings to residents and tourists.

Temperatures are forecast to exceed 40C (104F) as a heatwave sweeps across the south of the continent.

Temperatures are expected to top 42 degrees celcius in Southern Spain, while Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Hungary will see the mercury rise towards 40°C.

A spokeswoman for United Kingdom travel trade organisation Abta told the Press Association: "With very high temperatures being recorded across Europe, holidaymakers are being advised to make sure they take sensible precautions to avoid sunstroke and other serious problems that can result from over-exposure to heat and powerful sunshine".

The heatwave has also provided optimum conditions for the series of wildfires which have been raging across parts of France causing the evacuation of more than 12,000 people and in Portugal, where dozens of deaths have been reported.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised Brits bound for Italy that "dangerous and unpredictable" forest fires could await, and the risk of further blazes remains for the rest of summer.

Brits heading overseas have been warned to stay hydrated and seek shade as Croatia, Italy, Spain, southern France, Greece and Hungary will be worst hit by potentially deadly temperatures.

Tourists have been urged to avoid taking long journeys where possible and listen to advice issued by health authorities in specific destinations. People are advised to drink lots of water, stay in the shade and wear a high-factor sunscreen.

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