At least five dead as heatwave christened ‘Lucifer’ continues to cause temperatures to hit 110F across southern Europe

Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

Heatwave across southern Europe sees temperatures reach 110F across Croatia, Romania, Spain and Italy
Italian cities are on government health ministry’s maximum heat alert with concerns of more deaths to come

5 August 2017

At least five people have died in the deadly heatwave engulfing southern Europe, it has been confirmed, with temperatures rising above 109F in several countries, including Italy, Spain and Croatia.

The deaths in Italy and Romania have been attributed to the extreme conditions in the past five days, and the heatwave has been christened ‘Lucifer’ in Italy.

In the Italian island Sardinia, the mercury hit a huge 110F this afternoon.

The latest victim was a woman whose car was swept away overnight by an avalanche of water and mud as humid conditions near the Alpine ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo broke into torrential rain.

That tragedy follows the deaths on Thursday of two pensioners, a 79-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man, who were caught up in wildfires in, respectively, the central region of Abruzzo and near Matera in the south of the country.

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