Hotter Than Ever: Navigating the European Heat Wave

Record-breaking temperatures have been recorded across the continent, with southern Europe being hit the hardest.
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Amidst warnings, wildfires, and evacuations, Europe is currently experiencing a scorching heat wave that shows no signs of abating. Record-breaking temperatures have been recorded across the continent, with southern Europe being hit the hardest. As travelers flock to Europe this summer, it’s important to assess the safety of traveling to these regions and take necessary precautions. Here’s what you need to know:

Heatwaves and health risks

Many cities in Europe have issued heat alerts, and several attractions have closed temporarily. It’s crucial to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day and seek shelter in air-conditioned spaces. Heatwaves can pose health risks such as heat strokes and heat exhaustion. 

Wildfires and evacuations

The scorching temperatures have also led to wildfires and subsequent evacuations in countries like Spain, Greece, and Switzerland. If you have plans to visit these areas, it’s advisable to stay updated on the latest advisory regarding wildfires and heatwaves.

Travel insurance and flexibility

Considering the extreme weather conditions, it’s worth reviewing your travel insurance to see if you can postpone your trip without incurring hefty cancellation fees. If possible, opt for cooler regions of Europe where temperatures are more bearable, and the risk of wildfires is lower. Ensure that your accommodations have adequate cooling facilities, and if you have any chronic conditions, take extra precautions, and stay informed about local alerts.

Tourist attractions and closures

Due to the extreme heat, certain tourist attractions have had to shut down temporarily. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, and various historical monuments in Italy may impose restrictions on access during the hottest times of the day. Power outages have been reported in parts of Rome as the electricity grid struggles to cope with the demand from air conditioners.

When will the heatwave end?

According to forecasters, the intense heatwave is expected to last until the end of July, although Western European countries like Spain and Portugal may experience some relief in the coming days.

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