Health warnings, countries across Europe preparing for extreme heatStaff Writer | August 2, 2017
Health warnings have been issued across Europe this week, as the most severe heatwave of an already hot summer is expected.
Weather Italy is dealing with its worst drought in 60 years
The summer's higher-than-normal temperatures were a factor in last month's wildfires in Portugal, France and Spain - with hot air and dry soil forming a continuous feedback loop.
Italy is dealing with its worst drought in 60 years, and cities across the country have rationed water and banned use of drinking and decorative fountains.
A similar drought in Spain is threatening olive and grape harvests.
July was 3.6 degrees hotter than average in central, eastern and southern Europe, Dobson said, while Scandinavia was two degrees colder than average. ■