Hot weekend for Europe, officials warn of extreme fire risk
Share this @internewscast.com

BERLIN – People flocked to parks and pools across Western Europe on Saturday for a bit of respite from an early heat wave that saw the mercury rise above 40 C (104 F) in France and Spain.

In Germany, where highs of 38 C (100.4 F) were expected, the health minister urged vulnerable groups to stay hydrated.

“Heat and too little fluids can be deadly for older people,” Karl Lauterbach tweeted. “We need to keep an eye on the elderly and those with disabilities today.”

Meanwhile, officials warned of wildfires across the western Mediterranean region as high temperatures and a long dry spell made for combustible conditions.

The European Commission’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service said the fire risk was “extreme” and “very extreme” in much of Spain, the Rhone river valley in France, Sardinia, Sicily and parts of mainland Italy.

The 27-nation bloc has put 12 firefighting planes and a helicopter on standby to assist countries struggling with major blazes this summer.

Meteorologists in France described the situation as “really exceptional” and predicted that a peak of 43 C (109.4 F) could be reached Saturday before thunderstorms bring cooler weather in from the Atlantic.

Experts say the early heat wave is a sign of what’s to come as climate change makes extreme temperatures normally seen only in July and August more likely in June too.

___

Follow AP’s coverage of climate change at https://apnews.com/hub/climate

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like

El Paso deputy killed in line of duty Sunday

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A deputy with the El Paso County…

“CBS Weekend News” headlines for Saturday, August 6, 2022

“CBS Weekend News” headlines for Saturday, August 6, 2022 – CBS News…

Trump slams Democrats for ‘biggest tax hike in history’ as he slaps down Inflation Reduction Act

Former President Donald Trump criticized Democrats for the ‘biggest tax hike in…

6 Times Democrats Said Raising Taxes During Recession Is a Bad Idea

Prominent Democrats said six times that raising taxes during a recession was…

Loose Dog Attacks Pedestrian on 17th Street – Scioto County Daily News

Just after 4 pm, officers received a report that a strange dog…

Mom, Dad’s Girlfriend Brawl in Custody Dispute Over 6-year-old – Scioto County Daily News

A six-year-old child was caught n the middle of an ugly dispute…

Man charged with attempted murder at a Bluffton apartment

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A Hilton Head Island man was arrested following…

9 wounded in shooting outside Cincinnati bar

CINCINNATI — At least nine people were injured after a shooting in an area…