Severe weather warnings have been issued for UK holidaymakers visiting many popular European destinations throughout August due to scorching conditions.
With temperatures forecast to exceed 40C (104F) across the south of the continent, Meteoalarm – a network of national meteorological services in Europe – have issued alerts for “very dangerous” weather due high temperatures in 11 countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Poland and Croatia, a heatwave which has been nicknamed ‘Lucifer’.
Meteoalarm have urged people to “follow orders and any advice given by your authorities”, adding that “extraordinary measures” could be introduced.
Temperatures are expected to peak at 41C (106F) in Seville, Spain; 39C (102F) in Rome, Italy and 38C (100F) in Athens, Greece.
A spokeswoman for UK travel trade organisation Abta commented: “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.
“Holidaymakers should ensure they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of bottled water, particularly the young or elderly.
“Abta would also advise that British travellers follow the lead of the locals in their destination by staying out of the sun at the middle of the day when it is at its peak, and follow any advice issued by health authorities in specific destinations.”
Holidaymakers staying in the UK can expect much cooler conditions with the UK escaping the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave with a mix of sunshine and showers expected this weekend with a maximum temperature of around 20C forecast for Saturday.