Heatwave to hit Austria over weekend

Heatwave to hit Austria over weekend
Lake Attersee could be a good place to cool off. Photo: Been Around
Temperatures are climbing in Austria as much of Europe swelters under an intense heatwave.

Whilst the start of the school holidays has seen welcome summer temperatures and sunny skies return to Austria after a largely wet and cool May and June, things will get hotter at the weekend with highs of up to 38C forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

The hottest temperatures are forecast for the east, with Vorarlberg and Tyrol also seeing highs of 37C. Mountainous areas and parts of Carinthia can expect some thunderstorms.

Experts recommend taking a dip in a river or lake over the weekend, as the water temperature is still relatively cool. The warmest water is in Vienna, where the Alte Donau is 23C, however Lake Attersee in Upper Austria is only 17C and Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland is 19C.

Several European governments have issued weather warnings as temperatures in Portugal, Spain and France push above 40C, raising concerns for elderly people and children.

People are advised to drink water regularly, even when not thirsty, in order to remain hydrated. It is also wise to avoid physical exertion and to cool down by taking lukewarm showers (not cold) as often as possible.

According to Austria's national weather service, the high-pressure zone has been given the name Annelie.

Readers with pets are especially reminded to ensure that your animals have more water than usual, and at all costs do not leave them in a motor vehicle.

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