3 dead in Spain as Europe wilts under record heatwave

Three men have died from heatstroke in Spain as Europe sweltered in a record heatwave Friday, with temperatures hitting a scorching 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas and meteorologists saying only scant relief is in sight in the coming days.

In Portugal temperatures topped a record 45 degrees in Alvega, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Lisbon, on Thursday. The heatwave is expected to reach its peak on Saturday, according to the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

In the Netherlands, where the current heatwave is the longest-ever recorded — with temperatures reaching 35 C on Friday — people are beginning to experience water shortages, even if drinking supplies remain unaffected for now.

Temperatures passed 40 C in France for the first time this summer on Friday as millions hit the roads for August vacations, with sweltering conditions forecast to persist into next week.

The Belgian road safety authority VIAS reported an increase in the number of road accidents as a result of the heatwave.

In the Italian capital, already well-equipped with free drinking water fountains, the authorities are handing out bottles of water to tourists. AFP

Source: Radio Pakistan