- A dangerous heat wave has Europe on high alert this week.
- Tourists and locals in France, Germany, Spain, and Italy are doing their best to deal with temperatures as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To cope with the heat, people are swimming, keeping hydrated, eating gelato, taking siestas, and staying out of the sun.
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Tourists and locals are sweating this week as a heat wave compared to “hell” hits Europe.
During the most recent major European heat wave, in 2003, an estimated 15,000 people died in France.
This time, temperatures were forecast to climb above 104 degrees Fahrenheit in France, Germany, Spain, and Italy with hot winds from the Sahara blowing in across the continent.
The French city of Carpentras has already recorded a temperature of 111.74 degrees Fahrenheit, a national record for France.
Here are photos of people doing their best – by swimming, drinking, eating gelato, and resting in the shade – to stay cool.
People are advised to cool off in the water several times a day. These Parisians and tourists listened to that advice, taking a dip in the Trocadero fountain by the Eiffel Tower.
People are also being told to head inside and keep cool in air-conditioned places like supermarkets or cinemas.
Across Paris, 922 public locations have been identified as “cool places” to help people survive in the heat.
In addition to historic fountains, people in Paris can go to “gardens, parks, cemeteries, swimming pools, churches, and museums,” France 24 reported.
Even though temperatures reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris on Monday, people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The hottest weather is expected in France, Italy, and Spain.
Major swimming pools in the city are remaining open late into the night to help with the heat, including ones in La Villette canal.
There are also plans to set up temporary outdoor pools in some areas of Paris.
The banks of the Seine river in Paris are filling up with people enjoying shade by the water.
Here’s a guide to some of the best things about walking or resting by the Seine river.
Water bottles are being distributed at train stations.
France’s health service recommends drinking plenty of fluids – while it provides a variety of drinking options, water is the most effective way to keep hydrated.
Even when the sun goes down, it’s still hot and people are advised to keep hydrated.
Foods with high amounts of water can also help keep people hydrated.
Elsewhere in France, people are using fountains to keep cool, like these folks in Nice.
Along with cooling off under fountains, The Local put together a list of handy tips to keeping the heat wave at bay.
Using fountains to keep cool is going on across Europe, including Croatia.
Rome has 2,000 fountains, the most of any city.
Leaping into canals is another good way to cool off.
France has about 5,000 miles of waterways, so there should be no shortage of places where people can swim.
Some people are taking cover from the sun with umbrellas.
In Southern France an art installation called “Umbrella Sky Project” provides visitors with a photo opportunity and lots of cover from the sun.
Similar umbrella exhibitions have appeared in other sunny places like Paris and the US cities of Miami and Pittsburgh.
Others are still soaking up rays.
There are worries that people could downplay the effects of the heatwave, but France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, wants it made clear that it will affect everyone.
These men appeared to be enjoying sunning themselves at the beach in Málaga, Spain.
Official guidelines in Spain have told people to take a daily siesta and stay home between noon and 6 p.m.
The elderly are a particular focus for health services in France.
French President Emmanuel Macron called on people to be vigilant for the week, especially for the elderly, sick, pregnant, and very young.
Ice cream always seems to help keep people cool.
Even if scientifically it may not be the best option for keeping body temperatures down.
According to The Conversation, while ice cream at first cools off the person eating it, once the stomach starts digesting the person’s body temperature will actually increase.
But in Rome, tourists may have it a little better — there they have gelato.
Highs of up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit are forecast for the north and center of Italy, including Rome.
And people are advised to drink lots of water. These tourists in Rome heeded that advice.
People are being warned against drinking alcohol during the heat wave, though, because it is dehydrating.
In Rome people can only partially refresh themselves in fountains.
After a ban was enacted in 2017, tourists who try to swim in the fountains are subject to fines.
So be careful not to fall in.
And, like this boy, make sure to wear a hat.
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