Western Europe swelters under heatwave

01 Aug 2020

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PARIS: Swathes of Western Europe wilted under intense heat on Friday, with socially-distanced crowds seeking relief in fountains and pools as authorities warned of health and wildfire risks.

From Britain to Italy, temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) made face masks almost unbearable for many, as more cities begin requiring them outdoors to prevent surges in Covid-19 cases.

“Even in this stifling heat, it’s better to put up with 38 degrees than catch the coronavirus,” said Daniela Iannelli, a 55-year-old municipal employee in Rome.

Fourteen Italian cities were placed on high alert, while France issued warnings for about one-third of the country’s 101 departments.

Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2020