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The worst European heatwave since 2003 has been dubbed Lucifer, and temperatures are expected to remain at 40C-plus in many top holiday spots. 

Travel Weekly reports that ‘red alerts’ have been issued for eight countries, including Italy, Croatia and Hungary, by Meteoalarm, the European weather alert system. Spain has weather warnings in place for 31 of the country’s 50 provinces, with some regions also experiencing severe drought.

A Red Cross warning said: “This prolonged period of extremely hot weather is extremely dangerous to people with existing health problems such as heart conditions, high blood pressure and asthma, as well as older people and children.”

Italy has experienced months of below-average rainfall – or in some areas no rainfall at all – and many towns are considering extreme measures to aid water conservation says AccuWeather. Public water fountains have been turned off to conserve water, including the 500-year-old fountains surrounding the Vatican. 

Towns that have implemented water rationing have turned off water for up to eight hours at a time in alternating neighbourhoods. Rome is hoping to avoid such extreme measures, however regions throughout the country and even adjacent to the city are now considering declaring a state of emergency. 

The dry conditions and dangerously hot weather are expected to continue through the week and travellers are advised to remain hydrated at all times


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