Latest travel news: Greece and Turkey are experiencing a scorching 40-degree heat wave; could this disrupt vacation plans?
FOREIGN travel has only recently resumed for some British citizens, according to the government’s traffic light “list” system, but a 40-degree heat wave might make vacations in Europe difficult. Is your getaway in jeopardy?
Thanks to recent revisions to the government’s list system, some Britons can now travel to Europe and abroad for vacations. They can now return to countries on the Amber List if they have both of their Covid immunizations. However, a catastrophic heat wave in the middle of summer may deter visitors from visiting some of the sunniest spots.
Heatwaves have grown more regular in Europe recently, with temperatures reaching uncomfortably high levels.
Even England’s characteristic summer bluster gave way to 32C highs for a limited period.
A distinct picture has emerged on the other side of the English Channel, where temperatures have risen by nearly 10 degrees Celsius.
Southeast Europe is currently experiencing a rare heat wave, which has resulted in a slew of dangerous situations.
Temperatures have risen over the region due to a plume of heat from Africa, which meteorologists have named the most severe since the 1980s.
Highs exceeding 40°C have been recorded in a number of locations, including famous tourist spots.
Several towns in Greece and Turkey are currently engulfed in flames.
The heatwave has been termed “catastrophic” by Jan Schenk, the head of The Weather Channel in Germany.
He claimed over the weekend that the heat might break temperature records across “all of Europe,” with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius.
A “Sirocco” wind from the Sahara will eventually mix with Mediterranean Europe, according to Mr Schenk.
The heat it brings might make places like Greece look practically indistinguishable from the African desert in the future.
There is no national travel restriction in place in any of the impacted nations, although movement is restricted.
Weather has already claimed the lives of a married couple and an 82-year-old man in Turkey, where flames killed a married couple and an 82-year-old man.
Another volunteer, 25, was killed in a motorcycle accident while bringing water to firemen battling the fires.
Neighboring countries, including Greece and Russia, have given emergency aid.
Last Friday, when temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius, Greek officials recommended citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.
The director of Greece’s National Meteorological Service, Theodoris Kolydas, warned that the “hazardous weather event” requires caution.
The warmest temperatures in Europe have been recorded in Athens, the country’s capital.
When a meteorological storm pushed local temperatures to 48 degrees Celsius in 1977, the city set records.