Deadly ‘Lucifer’ heat wave keeps grip on 10 European countries

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People refresh themselves in a fountain at Piazza Castello in Turin, Italy, this week.

A heat wave nicknamed “Lucifer” blanketed southern and eastern Europe this week and wasn’t budging into the weekend, where temperatures remained above 44 degrees Celsius, approaching 111 degrees Fahrenheit.

The extreme heat produced “red” warnings for 10 countries, including Albania, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, and parts of Spain, France and Italy. The heat spell has brought the highest temps to most of these countries in more than a decade.

The BBC said the heat wave is expected to last until Monday and 26 European cities have issued public health warnings.

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