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Record-breaking heatwave hits Europe; tourists warned to brace up for ‘life-threatening heat’

The Met Office has said the hot conditions, currently impacting parts of southwest Europe and northwest Africa, are expected to reach the Middle East later in the week, with the UK being spared the extreme temperatures altogether.

Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge said: ‘The heatwave conditions which are affecting parts of southwest Europe and northwest Africa are expected to extend eastward eventually reaching the Middle East later in the week.

‘Much higher than average temperatures are also likely at times further north across Europe, but these will be shorter lived and less impactful.’

‘Communities in the affected regions should expect health impacts and the potential for wildfires.’

Thousands of visitors to the Mediterranean are bracing themselves for scorching temperatures this week after an anticyclone weather system from the Sahara desert called Cerberus began to expand northwards.

Temperatures will shoot past 40C by the end of the week, prompting officials to issue warnings about the life-threatening risk of excessive heat. The Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily are expected to bear the brunt of the heat, with temperatures predicted to reach 48C.

It comes as the searing temperatures caused to some British tourists in Italy to faint, with images showing a woman collapsed in front of the Colosseum in Rome before she was handed bottles of water by concerned passersby as temperatures topped 36C.

Tourists sought refuge beneath trees Italian capital, while others used their shirts as makeshift parasols to shield themselves from the sun.

Temperatures are also predicted to rise to 45C in southern Spain and 44C in Greece this week.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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