BRITISH tourists have been warned they MUST stay out of the sun as a 117F heatwave dubbed Lucifer spreads right across Europe’s holiday hotspots - and hospital admissions soar.
emperatures have hit 47 Celsius, or 117 Fahrenheit, in many places across the continent.
Italians have called the heatwave Lucifer and 11 European countries have issued grim warnings of “dangerous” weather conditions.
The countries include:
A "red alarm", indicating a potentially deadly risk from the heat, has been issued for popular Italian cities Florence, Rome, Venice and Verona.
A woman cools off in a fountain at Piazza del Popolo during a heat wave in Rome
Authorities in a raft of holiday destinations popular with British tourists are warning visitors to stay in the shade and carry water at all times.
In Italy hospitals have seen a 15 per cent spike in emergency admissions from patients suffering both burns, heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses.
Italian meteorologists have predicted temperatures of around 40C in the capital Rome and several parts of the country until Monday.
The number of Italian cities on the health ministry’s maximum heat alert has now reached 26.
Sardinia and the southern parts of Italy are experiencing temperatures of up to 42C.
The heatwave and a long rainless period have led to a drought that had hit most of the country and cost the agriculture sector billions.
And the news gets even worse for holiday makers as the extreme temperatures are only a few degrees away from the point where many aircraft would be grounded.
Aircraft have a maximum operating temperature and while this is around 127F for transAtlantic jets for smaller planes it is around 118F.
Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina has said that state of calamity is set to be declared in 11 Italian regions due to the ongoing drought - Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Tuscany, Marche, Lazio, Molise, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia and the autonomous province of Trento.
Southern Spain has been experiencing record temperatures for around two weeks already with Granada, Seville and the coastal resort area Costa del Sol hitting highs of 43C.
Córdoba airport recorded a record temperature on 13 July of 46.9c at 3.30pm while the town of Montoro hit 47.3C on the same day, Spain’s highest ever temperature on record by the state weather agency AEMET.
In Albania, 300 firefighters and soldiers struggled to contain as many as 75 forest fires and the country asked the European Union for emergency help.
Bosnian officials said the heat wave and drought had nearly halved agricultural output, which accounts for 10 percent of the country's economic output.
Neighbouring Serbia reported a similar situation and experts said drought could slash corn and soybean production by a third.
Authorities on the Spanish island of Mallorca are investigating whether heatstroke was responsible for the death of a 17-year-old who was working in the machinery room of a hotel swimming pool in Cala d’Or.
With temperatures in the UK recently struggling to make it past the low 20s, holidaymakers have been warned to take care.
Tourists have been advised to stay in shaded areas while warnings are in place.
The fresh alert was issued after an earlier heatwave caused severe forest fires on the Spanish southern coast.
Meteorologists say the heat wave across Europe has been caused by an African heatwave moving north.