Rome — Southern Europe is grappling with scorching temperatures as a relentless heat wave threatens to interrupt but extra data. A high-pressure system that drifted throughout the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa has already disrupted life for hundreds of individuals in Spain and Italy. The warmth wave — named Cerberus after the three-headed canine that guarded the underworld in Greek mythology — continues to tighten its grip, and is anticipated to set temperature data within the coming days.
Authorities have issued warnings about important well being dangers, primarily in Spain, the place temperatures might quickly attain a staggering 113 levels Fahrenheit in some areas. They’d already soared as excessive as 95 levels as early as 6 a.m. in some areas.
Whereas Spain is anticipated to see some reduction within the coming days, Cerberus is about to unleash its fury on different elements of Europe subsequent.
Italy has already needed to situation excessive warmth alerts in 10 cities, together with Bolzano, Bologna, Florence, and Rome, because the nation braces for temperatures that might attain 104 levels.
The warmth wave has already been blamed for one loss of life — a 44-year-old man who collapsed and died whereas portray street markings within the northern Italian city of Lodi.
The Italian Meteorological Society warns that subsequent week may carry even greater temperatures, probably breaking the all-time report European temperature of 120 levels Fahrenheit, registered in Sicily in August 2021.
Greece can be feeling the warmth, with temperatures set to achieve as much as 111 levels within the coming days. The Greek authorities has taken preventive measures, banning entry to nature reserves and forests to cut back the chance of wildfires and opening air-conditioned public buildings for folks to take refuge.
The federal government additionally positioned restrictions on the working hours for animals comparable to horses and donkeys that give rides in vacationer areas.
Greater than 61,000 folks died throughout Europe’s record-setting summer time warmth waves final 12 months, based on a study published this week.
The Mediterranean area is anticipated to see temperatures rise quicker than many different areas of the globe attributable to local weather change.
Regardless of a, there are already indicators that the warmth is impacting varied sectors of the European financial system, from a drop in productiveness within the office, to within the pastures.
In Italy, milk manufacturing is down by round 10% as a result of cows eat much less within the warmth, drink massive portions of water, and produce much less milk.