Sunday 18 March 2018

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

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Holidaymakers frustrated about long delays at airports face the prospect of soaring temperatures when they arrive at their destination.

The strongest heatwave of the summer has struck parts of Europe, including France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Hungary, with temperatures soaring in some parts to 40C or more.

South-east France will continue to swelter until the weekend, with night-time temperatures above 25C in some parts; Italy is suffering from prolonged drought, resulting in water being rationed; and in Spain, weather warnings are in place across Mallorca, Minorca, Catalonia, Ibiza and Malaga. Temperatures are also above normal in parts of Greece, Croatia and Hungary.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said that hot weather warnings were in force across many popular holiday destinations, and temperatures would remain high over the weekend before beginning to cool early next week. People are advised to drink lots of water, stay in the shade and wear a high-factor sunscreen.

Irish Independent

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