The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) has issued a new travel alert for extreme heat, warning tourists who want to travel in the Netherlands, Croatia and Italy that these countries would be under Code Red and Code Orange alerts for scorching heat in the coming days.
Several regions in the Netherlands will be affected by the heat wave during July 23-26. A national plan for extreme hot temperatures has been activated, while Dutch authorities have recommended people to take precautionary measures to prevent the body overheating and dehydration. At the same time, the Dutch Railways company has taken actions to prevent the travelers discomfort.
Heat will also hit Croatia on July 23-24, with local authorities issuing a Code Oragne warning for high temperatures in the Karlovac, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik regions, and another Code Yellow alert for heat in Zagreb and Knin.
Several regions in Italy are also under heatwave alert during July 23-July 25. MAE informs that Italian authorities have issued a Code Red alert for extreme heat today in Brescia (Lombardy), Bolzano (Trentino Alto-Adige), Florence (Tuscany), Perugia (Umbria) and Turin (Piemonte).
The Code Red warning is extended to Bologna (Emilia-Romagna), Frosinone, Rieti, Rome (Lazio), Genoa (Liguria), Pescara (Abruzzo), Trieste (Friuli Venezia Giulia) and Verona (Veneto) on July 25.
At the same time, a Code Orange alert is in force in several cities in northern and central Italy.
Other western European states are also affected by the heat wave: France, Germany or Belgium, with temperatures climbing up to 40C or more.
Bordeaux in France has registered a record temperature on Tuesday, with temperatures indicating 41.2 C. The previous record in the French city used to be 40.7C posted in 2003.
The most extreme heat will now build from central and northern France into Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and far western Germany into Thursday.
Record-breaking temperatures are possible in several major metropolitan areas including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, Accuweather reported.The hottest day for the region will be Thursday, when a temperature of 40.6 C (105 F) is forecast for Paris. This would break the current all-time high temperature record of 40.4 C (104.7 F) at Parc Montsouris, set more than 70 years ago.
The scorching heat might also jeopardize Notre Dame Cathedral, seriously dilapidated by the terrible fire that damaged its roof three months ago. The cathedral’s chief architect, Philippe Villeneuve said that he is afraid that brickwork will lose its resistance and structure and the vault will suddenly crack.
High temperatures of 38 C (101 F) and 36 C (97 F) in Brussels and Amsterdam will also threaten all-time high temperatures records for each city.
Farther east, several days of temperatures in excess of 32 C (90 F) are forecast for Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Milan.
The interior of Spain will also endure several more days of intense heat. A high temperature of 38 C (100 F) on Wednesday and Thursday is expected and would result in a seven-day stretch of such temperatures.
The United Kingdom will also have to cope with the brutal heat as the county’s all-time high temperature record may fall on Thursday. The current record is 38.5 C (101.3 F).