Climate Change

Temperatures set to rise further across blistering Europe

Southern continental countries are expected to see the mercury soar past 40C

Tourists refresh at a vapour barrier in Budapest, Hungary, where temperatures expected to soar past 40 degrees Celsius. Picture: Getty

The blistering European heat wave is set to get hotter in coming days, thanks to another system from the Sahara.

Southern continental countries, some of which are already enduring extreme weather events such as forest fires and heavy thunderstorms, are expected to see the mercury soar past 40C. Italy’s health ministry issued emergency alerts for 16 cities — including Rome, Florence and Palermo — on Sunday, recommending that people avoid direct sunlight.

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