Europe heatwave – level 3

18-07-2023 07:00

Greece closed the Acropolis to protect tourists from scorching temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius.

Italy faces a heatwave phase named Charon, with extreme conditions across several European countries, potentially breaking temperature records.

Last summer’s sweltering heat is believed to have caused around 61,000 deaths in Europe, prompting the need for effective measures to combat heatwaves. Southern Europe is expected to experience record temperatures next week. Experts suggest coordinating public entities, identifying vulnerable populations, and improving housing conditions in cities to mitigate the impact.

Poorer elderly individuals with health issues are particularly at risk, especially those lacking access to air conditioning.

Difficult words: scorching (very hot), public entity (an organization that provides services to the public on behalf of the government), mitigate (make something less severe or painful).

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What measures can be taken to reduce the risks of extreme heat conditions in Southern Europe?


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