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‘Lucifer’ heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert – Los Angeles Times

No wonder it’s been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts.

Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain and the Balkans, has led to dozens of wildfires, damaged crops and fueled power and water consumption. Authorities in some areas issued traffic restrictions and banned work in the open in the hottest part of the day as temperatures reached more than 104.

Spain’s national weather service on Saturday issued an emergency heat warning for 31 of the country’s 50 provinces as forecasts predicted temperatures of up to 111.

Although this part of Europe is used to scorching summers, meteorologists have warned that such high temperatures lasting over several days aren’t that common. Serbian authorities have said the hot spell came from Africa.

‘Lucifer’ heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert – Los Angeles Times

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