THREE pensioners have died after desperately trying to escape the bubble of Saharan heat scorching Europe.
Two men aged 70 and 75 and one woman, 67, died in the south of France from suspected cold shock – all three suffered cardiac arrest when entering the cold sea from the sweltering beach.
Heat in Europe has crept up to heights of 102F (39C) and is expected to hit a blazing 113F (45C) tomorrow.
Meteorologists believe the first heatwave of the summer has been caused by a 2,000 mile-wide plume of hot air travelling from Africa.
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic record record highs for June as roasting Europeans packed themselves onto beaches, around lakes, fountains and even canals to escape the dizzy heatwave.
Temperatures in central France are expected to rise to 113F (45C) by Friday, which would break the all-time record set in 2003 – which recorded an extra 15,000 summer deaths – at 111F (44.1C).
On Monday, Spanish officials announced it would suspend exams sat by 14- and 15-year-olds, with Health Minister Agnes Buzyn encouraging Spaniards to “take responsibility” in the heat and avoid any “unnecessary risks.”
NHS SAYS: HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. You can also drink fruit juice, smoothies and soft drinks, but they can be high in sugar. Limit fruit juice or smoothies to a combined total of 150ml a day, and choose diet or sugar-free soft drinks.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- Be extra vigilant for those at high risk: older people, especially those over 75, babies and young children, people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems, people with mobility problems – for example, people with, Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke, people with serious mental health problems, people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control, people who misuse alcohol or drugs, people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.
Authorities in Paris are now setting up “cool rooms” in municipal buildings, opening pools for late-night swimming and installing extra drinking fountains.
In Germany, meteorologist Andreas Friedrich said the German weather service had issued heat warnings.
At the coastal town of Eloro in Sicily, 41 cars were engulfed in flames on Monday after a fire broke out close to a car park where beach goers had left their vehicles.
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The fire brigade said it was not clear what caused it but hot temperatures and dry terrain caused the fire to spread rapidly.
Britain could experience high temperatures too, this weekend with figures climbing into the low thirties.
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