- Title: 'Lucifer' heat wave holds eastern Europe in fiery grip
- Date: 4th August 2017
- Summary: BELGRADE, SERBIA (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE COOLING THEMSELVES AND DRINKING WATER AT FOUNTAIN IN CENTRAL BELGRADE YOUNG MAN WASHING HIS FACE AND HAIR IN FOUNTAIN WATER WOMAN WASHING FACE AND DAMPENING NECK AND SHOULDERS ELDERLY WOMAN WITH SUN HAT AND GLASS OF WATER IN HAND FAN BLOWING AIR AND WATER MIST OVER CAFE GUESTS BELGRADE ZOO EMPLOYEE HOSING ELEPHANT WITH WATER WATER BEING SPRAYED OVER ELEPHANT TAPIRS COOLING IN WATER AT BELGRADE ZOO TAPIRS SITTING IN POOL OSTRICH IN SHADE AT BELGRADE ZOO WATER FOUNTAIN IN CENTRAL BELGRADE PARK GIRL PLAYING IN FOUNTAIN WATER CHILDREN AND ADULTS PLAYING IN FOUNTAIN GIRL NECK-DEEP IN FOUNTAIN WATER PEOPLE COOLING OFF IN FOUNTAIN SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING IN BAS-CARSIJA (STREET) IN CENTRAL SARAJEVO PIGEONS FLYING AROUND PEOPLE IN SARAJEVO GIRL ON SIDEWALK COOLING HERSELF WITH HAND-HELD FAN PEOPLE IN A CAFE / WOMAN WITH FAN IN HER HAND GIRL WALKING / WAVING FAN GIRL SITTING NEXT TO A BOY / COOLING HERSELF WITH FAN WOMAN WITH HEADSCARF SITTING IN CAFE / WAVING FAN WOMAN STANDING IN SHOP DOORWAY / WAVING FAN MAN AND WOMAN IN CROWD EATING ICE CREAM MAN WITH HAT LICKING ICE CREAM PEOPLE WALKING BY SHOP WITH SUN HATS IN FRONT YOUNG WOMAN LOOKING AT SUN HATS IN FRONT OF SHOP YOUNG BOY PLAYING WITH WATER FLOWING FROM FOUNTAIN GIRL COLLECTING FOUNTAIN WATER INTO BOTTLE WOMAN WITH UMBRELLA IN CROWD KRK, CROATIA (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) SEASIDE TOWN OF BASKA, ON ISLAND KRK PEOPLE SITTING ON BENCHES IN SHADY TERRACE OVERLOOKING BEACH CROWDED BEACH IN BASKA MAN SPRAYING SUNTAN LOTION ON WOMAN'S BACK PEOPLE ON SUN LOUNGERS UNDER UMBRELLAS PEOPLE STANDING BY PEDAL BOAT IN SHALLOW WATER PEOPLE ON PEDAL BOAT PUSHING OFF GIRLS LYING IN SHALLOW WATER ON BEACH MAN DIVING INTO WATER MAN ENTERING THE WATER ICE CREAM VENDOR JUGGLING SCOOPS OF ICE CREAM INTO CONES WITH CHILDREN LOOKING ON VENDOR HANDING ICE CREAM CONE TO CHILD BEACH
- Embargoed: 18th August 2017 15:58
- Keywords: Balkans heatwave hot weather swimming at beach water in fountains European summer weather forecast zoo animals Lucifer
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- Topics: Environment,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SQPV7R
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- Story Text: Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104Â°F) on Friday (August 4) in a heat wave nicknamed "Lucifer" that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.
Italy and the Balkans were worst affected, though areas as far north as southern Poland also basked in abnormally hot temperatures, and European weather hub Meteoalarm issued its highest grade "red" warnings for 10 countries.
Firefighters busy in Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Croatia, and authorities advised people to stay indoors and increase their water intake. Temperatures were expected to stay around 40 degrees Celsius into next week.
Bosnian officials said the heat wave and drought had nearly halved agricultural output, which accounts for 10 percent of the country's economic output.
Serbia reported a similar situation and experts said drought could slash corn and soybean production by a third.
In neighbouring Croatia the heat wave and peak tourist season has driven power demand and spot prices to record levels, officials said on Friday.
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