Europe heatwave – level 2

18-07-2023 07:00

Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Poland are facing severe conditions during the Charon heatwave.

Last week, temperatures in Greece reached 38 degrees Celsius and authorities closed the Acropolis to protect tourists from the extreme heat.  European Space Agency warned of possible record-breaking temperatures which could be dangerous for some people.

A study shows that last year 61,000 deaths in Europe were due to the heat. Southern Europe expects high temperatures next week, too. Joan Ballester from Barcelona Institute for Global Health said that it was important to help people who are at the highest risk. The hot weather is very dangerous to poorer elderly people who don’t have money to buy air conditioning.

Difficult words: severe (very great or serious), due to (as a result of something), air conditioning (a machine which keeps the air in a room cool).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What impact could the high temperatures have on poorer European people living in the Southern part of the continent?


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