Jun 30, 2019

Europe Heat Wave Kills Several in France, Spain and Italy

Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan
Italy
by
Jan Wesner Childs
,
The Weather Channel
A man uses a cool bottle of water to cool off in the Trocadero gardens in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. Credit: Lewis Joly, AP
A man uses a cool bottle of water to cool off in the Trocadero gardens in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. Credit: Lewis Joly, AP

A total of eight deaths are being blamed on the scorching, record-breaking heat wave blanketing much of Europe.

The news agency Europa Press reported that at least two people have died in Spain from the heat, according to the Associated Press. Authorities in France are also linking at least four deaths to the heat, the AP reported.

Also in France, a 6-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by high-pressure water shooting from a fire hydrant that was illegally opened.

In addition, at least two deaths are being reported in Italy due to heat stroke. Milan, one of Italy's biggest cities and financial capital, saw power outages on Saturday as people demanded air conditioning. Visits to local hospitals rose due to heat-related illnesses.

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In Spain, firefighters contained a wildfire fueled by the hot and dry conditions, early Saturday. The fire, in the northeast region of Catalonia, had burned more than 21 square miles of land, the Associated Press reported.