Is It Safe To Travel During The Heatwave In Europe And The US?
As long as it stays hot in southern Europe, many people who are going on vacation soon will wonder if they still want to go. Even though it's the Mediterranean summer, it will still be hot, but if you start your trip on the weekend, it will be easier to handle. What you need to know: Is it safe to travel during the heatwave in Europe and the US?
Europe heatwave: Is it safe to travel to Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia?
It depends on your destination. Most of northern Europe is not hit, but countries in the Mediterranean are having more trouble. The Foreign Office has told Britons to check its website for the most up-to-date travel advice for each destination, as the advice may change based on where they are going. At the time this was written, the FCDO did not say that anyone shouldn't go to any country. People tell travelers to drink a lot of water, reapply high-factor SPF sunscreen often, and stay out of the sun in the middle of the day.
If you haven't heard, this summer has been very hot. From Rome to Phoenix, places all over the world are seeing record-high temperatures, which is making it hard for travelers.
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This month, a passenger on Delta Air Lines and a flight attendant were taken to the hospital for a "heat-related issue" because the temperature inside the plane was too high. The highest temperature that day was 115 degrees Fahrenheit. On Monday, a different Delta flight from Milan to New York had to make an emergency stop in Rome because of bad weather.
But people keep coming even though it's very hot. This month, a record-breaking 134 degrees drew a lot of people to Death Valley National Park. This summer, there are a lot of tourists in Europe, too. Top spots like Rome and Athens are likely to break attendance records for 2019.
Rising temperatures around the world have had a big effect on a number of places in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The National Weather Service says that the temperature in Death Valley, which is part of the border between central California and Nevada and is known as "the hottest place on Earth," hit 128°F (53.3°C) on Sunday.
In the past few weeks, travelers in Texas and Florida have also had to deal with very hot weather. On the weekend, the temperature in Phoenix rose to 114 F. Tuesday was the 19th day in a row that the capital of Arizona had a temperature of 110 F or higher.
Greece and Italy are two of the European countries that are being affected the most. In some places, like Sardinia and Sicily, temperatures are getting close to 48 degrees. On the islands of Rhodes, Corfu, and Evira in Greece, there have been forest fires. In Spain, the weather has been about 42 degrees in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca, and the Costa del Sol. Temperatures of 40 degrees have been seen in the south of France and on the island of Corsica. The weather has also been very hot in Turkey and Cyprus.
The Cerberus heatwave is likely to last for a while, and a new heatwave that is sweeping across Europe could cause temperatures to rise above 40 degrees later this month, according to forecasters. Travelers should look at local advice, the NHS website, and the websites of foreign health ministries for the most up-to-date information and tips on how to stay safe.
No one knows how long this heatwave will last, but experts say it probably won't end before August. Meteorologists say that this weather is mostly caused by climate change. El Nio, which is the name for the sea's surface temperatures rising quickly, means that the air that usually blows inland from the Mediterranean is not cooling enough. A high-pressure area called the Charon anticyclone is stuck over the southern Mediterranean. There are also reports that clouds of dust from the Sahara are making the air quality and heat worse.
Some of the most popular tourist spots in the world are having trouble because of record-breaking high temperatures. There's one thing you can be sure of: if you go to a place where the Charon heatwave, which used to be called Cerberus, is happening, it will be very hot.
There are red alerts for heat in 23 places in Italy. This means that all but four of Italy's largest cities are under red alerts. Officials in Italy are telling people to stay out of the sun between 11 am and 6 pm. Italy, Spain, and Greece all have travel warnings from the UK's Foreign Office. They tell travelers who want to know how to stay safe to look at the NHS website or the websites of foreign health ministries.