Wed, 04 October 2023
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Europe heat wave scorches Italy, France

Update : 19 Jul 2023, 01:37

The high-pressure weather system known as Charon will continue to bring extreme heat to southern Europe. The UN has warned that the overall trend of extreme heat is not decreasing.

Local temperature records were set at several monitoring stations in the south of France, including in the Alps and Pyrenees mountains.

Meteo France said a record 29.5 degrees Celsius (85 Farhenheit) had been reached in the Alpine ski resort of Alpe d'Huez, which sits at an altitude of 1,860 metres, while 40.6C had been recorded for the first time in Verdun in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The new heat records were also set Aups (38.6C) and Vauvenargues (37.3C) in the far south of the country, as well as in Renno in the hills of Corsica (38.3C).

In 2019, France recorded an all-time record of 46C in the southern town of Verargues.

The Italian capital city of Romecontinues to bake in the current heatwave. Temperatures in the city reached 41 degrees Celsius at midday on Tuesday, according to data from the Italian Air Force's meteorological service.

Reuters news agency reported that a new temperature record of 41.8 degrees Celsius (107.2 Fahrenheit) had been set, citing the weather service of the Lazio region.

The new high mark was reported by a weather station in the eastern suburbs of the Italian capital. If confirmed, it would shatter the previous record of 40.7 Celsius was set in June 2022.

Meanwhile, the high-pressure weather system, known as Charon, named after the ferryman across the river to Hades, will continue to bring extreme heat to the region.

The Italian Ministry of Health declared the highest heat alert level for 23 majot cities on Wednesday.

Officials warn that the extreme heat could harm healthy people, not just the vulnerable. In Rome, the Civil Defence Department sent volunteers into the streets to help people struggling with the heat. At busy tourist attractions like the Colosseum, they handed out water bottles.

In parts of the southern Italian regions of Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria, the 40-degree mark was reached. On Sicily, 43 degrees was measured in certain regions and 44 degrees in parts of the southern Sardinia.

A Europe-wide record of 48.8 degrees Celsius was registered in Sicily in August 2021.

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