There is no relief in sight for southern Europe’s heatwave.

Next week will remain oppressively hot as the severe weather shows no signs of letting up.

High temperatures have been present in Italy, Spain, and Greece for several days now.

For the weekend, the Italian health ministry has issued a red alert for 16 cities, among them Rome, Bologna, and Florence.

According to Italian media, the heatwave is predicted to last far into the following week, with Sardinia perhaps reaching 48 C (118.4 F).

A temperature of that magnitude, however, would not reach the 48.8 C (119.8 F) European record high that was measured in Sicily in August 2021.

The “epicentre” of next week’s heatwave, which weather forecasters have named Charon after the ferryman who carried souls to the underworld in Greek mythology, will be in Sardinia, according to the Italian weather agency.

Between July 19 and July 23, temperatures will peak not just in Italy but also in Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans.

Several regional heat records may be broken during those days, according to Italian meteorologist and climate specialist Giulio Betti, who spoke to the BBC.

Anyone in the areas covered by Saturday’s red alerts has been urged by the Italian government to stay out of direct sunlight between 11:00 and 18:00 and to take extra precautions with the elderly and weak.

It has become “nightmarish” to navigate Rome, according to tour guide Felicity Hinton, 59, who told the BBC that the city’s high temperatures and crowds have made it difficult.

She claimed that Rome is often hot, but this heat wave has persisted for a lot longer than usual.

“My fellow tour guide pals and I are under a lot of stress.

On tours, people have been passing out, and ambulances are all over the place.

Elena, a 62-year-old native of Rome, told the BBC that since about 2003, summer temperatures have undergone a “marked change” and have been rising exponentially ever since.

Greece, meanwhile, recently had temperatures of at least 40 °C (104 °F).

In order to safeguard visitors, the Acropolis in Athens, which is the most well-known tourist destination in the nation, was closed on Friday and Saturday during the peak tourist season.

A forest fire that started on La Palma on Saturday morning in Spain’s Canary Islands prompted the evacuation of at least 2,000 people and has already consumed 4,500 hectares (11,000 acres) of land.

At least 12 homes have been lost, according to Fernando Clavijo, president of the Canary Islands regional administration, who also blamed “the wind, the climate conditions, as well as the heatwave that we are living through” for the fire’s rapid growth.

In addition to the assistance being provided from the nearby island of Tenerife, the Spanish army has dispatched 150 of its firefighters to aid in efforts to put out the fire.

Later next week, the heatwave that has gripped much of Europe will spread to the Balkans, while Serbia and Hungary are already seeing daily highs of 35 °C (95 °F).

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