Thursday 25 May 2017

Irish holiday-goers should watch out for 40C heatwave gripping southern Europe

A crowded beach in the city of Durres in Albania were temperatures peaked at 42C yesterday Credit: Gent Shkullaku (AFP)
A crowded beach in the city of Durres in Albania were temperatures peaked at 42C yesterday Credit: Gent Shkullaku (AFP)

David Kearns

Irish holiday-goers heading to Europe can expect temperatures as high as 40C as a heatwave takes hold on the continent.

Although temperatures are down from their record highs at the beginning of July, when the heat hit 40C in Paris, conditions are still considered "dangerous" in southern Europe, particularly popular holiday spots Hungary and Croatia.

Spain and Italy and southern France will today be bathed in the mid-thirties centigrade, with many parts five to 10 degrees above average for July.

Hot weather conditions have reached a peak of 42C in Albania in the past few days, and temperatures pushing 40C throughout the rest of the region.

People sunbathe at Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain Credit: David Ramos
People sunbathe at Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain Credit: David Ramos

Experts have warning those heading abroad to wear appropriate sun protection in the days ahead as temperatures soar.

Skin cancer killed just over 150 Irish people so far this year, according to the National Cancer Registry.

There are over 850 new cases of melanoma in Ireland each year.

The culprit for this heat wave is an area of high-pressure aloft heading northeastward from the Iberian peninsula into parts of northern Europe.

Under this dome of dry sinking air and generally light winds has allowed a cover of stifling heat to build up. 

As the warm front moves continues to move east however there could be thunderstorms and gusty winds, the forecast shows.

The UN has warned heatwaves are growing to be more frequent and intense due to climate change, and called on more countries to put warning systems in place to inform people of the dangers.

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