Officials in the Balkans are trying to cope with a near-record heat wave as temperatures soar across much of eastern Europe, with wildfires raging and people fainting on the streets. Authorities in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Albania issued heat warnings today for people to stay indoors and drink water to avoid hyperthermia. Doctors in Belgrade said emergency teams have received over 600 calls since Wednesday from residents feeling sick from the heat. “People are collapsing and falling on the streets,” said emergency clinic doctor Zeljko Bacevic. One of the hottest spots was in Montenegro, where temperatures in the past few days reached more than 41 deg C (106 Fahrenheit), prompting authorities to recommend working hours be cut to skip the midday heat. In Macedonia, authorities said people older than 60 and pregnant women should not go to work. In Bosnia, workers’ unions urged construction companies to pull their employees from open air construction sites. In the central Bosnian city of Mostar, temperatures soared to 45 deg C (113 F) on Wednesday as kids jumped on melting asphalt, leaving their footprints in the streets. “The only way to deal with this is in the river,” said Mostar high school student Semir Hebib. “I sleep on my balcony and in the morning I go and sit next to or in the Neretva River till the evening.” In the south of Bosnia, an increasing number of people are suffering from stomach infections, doctors said. “High temperatures are ideal for bacterial infections caused by the consumption of spoiled food,” said Doctor Dijana Mamic, the head of a hospital in the town of Livno. She said the town had over 50 cases this week. Montenegro and Albania are fighting several wildfires near their capitals and on the Adriatic Sea coastline, but no major injuries or damage has been reported. Meteorologists say the current temperatures in the Balkans are some 10 degrees Celsius higher that the average for this time of year. They add that the heat wave which has arrived from northern Africa is expected to last for several more days. –News.com
Heat wave exacting toll on elderly in Milan- 10 deaths reported
A heat-wave has killed at least 10 elderly people in Milan in northern Italy with temperatures topping 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past week, health officials said Wednesday. Ten people between 78 and 90 years of age died in the Lombardy region on Tuesday and Wednesday from cardiovascular and breathing problems aggravated by the heat, according to the region’s emergency health service. On Tuesday, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency put 16 towns on the highest alert, level 3, after humidity raised perceived temperatures to 38 degrees C in Milan, Rome and Naples, and 40 degrees C in Sicily. The tiny promontory of Cape Carbonara in Sardegna reached a record 47 degrees C. The sizzling temperatures are set to last until the weekend, according to the Civil Protection Service, which has advised people to drink at least two litres of water a day. –Terra Earth
Heat wave challenges Muslims as Ramadan nears its end
(Reuters) – When Shareef Ghaly is hammering nails into window frames under a scorching sun in the midst of a historic Texas heat wave, he’s doing it for his career.
And Harvard linebacker Zakareya Aossey practices in the heat with no complaints, all for love of the game.
But a stronger conviction leads these two Muslims to suffer through it with no water or food as they near the end of the holy month of Ramadan in one of the hottest U.S. summers on record, when the days stretch past 13 hours and regularly top 100 degrees.
“If this continues, I’m going to have to move somewhere cooler,” said a chuckling Ghaly, who owns Diamondback Renovations and Painting in Austin.
The Muslim month of fasting, a time for believers to atone for sins, refocus their faith and get closer to God, ends next week. Millions of Muslims across the world abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours as ordered by their faith.
They also try to avoid anger, focusing on faith, humility, compassion and the plight of people so poor and needy that “they can’t choose to break their fast,” said Muna Hussaini, 32, an Austin mother and program manager in the tech industry.
“When I am fasting, life comes into perspective,” Hussaini said. “I have to focus on getting through the day, living my life, and praying. Fasting humbles you into appreciating all you’ve been given and is a great way to become grounded, to know what life is really about.” – Reuters
Eastern Europe staggered by heat wave
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Overheated people fainted in the streets. Wildfires burned out of control. Polar bears got extra frozen fish and elephants were doused with cold water.
Authorities across the Balkans issued an emergency heat alert Thursday as temperatures soared to record-high levels.
Officials in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania and Hungary sounded an “orange” heat warning for people to stay indoors and drink water to avoid hyperthermia.
Doctors in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, said emergency teams made over 100 interventions Thursday with residents feeling sick from the heat.
“People are collapsing and falling in the streets,” said emergency clinic doctor Zeljko Bacevic.
One of the hottest spots was Montenegro, where authorities recommended that working hours be cut to skip the extensive heat. Temperatures in capital of Podgorica reached 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, capping one of the longest hot periods in the tiny Adriatic Sea nation in 50 years.
In Macedonia, authorities warned people above 60 and pregnant women not to go to work. In Bosnia and Serbia, unions urged construction companies to pull employees from open air work sites.
In the central Bosnian city of Mostar, temperatures soared to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) for the second day running. Kids jumped on melting asphalt, leaving footprints in the streets.
“The only way to deal with this is in the river,” said Mostar high school student Semir Hebib. “I sleep on my balcony and in the morning I go and sit next to or in the Neretva river till the evening.” – AP
Sweltering heat and drowning will kill thousand upon thousands as the scorch / and flooding policy continues upon the earth and its population.
Revelation 16:8, 9 “The Fourth Bowl
The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun. He was given the power to burn people with fire, and people were burned by the intense heat. So they blasphemed the name of God who had the power over these plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.”
Fifteen states are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri are under an excessive heat warning, along with Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; and Evansville, Indiana. In these areas, the heat index, or how hot the body feels due to the combined effects of heat and humidity, will reach between 110 and 115 degrees this week.
A 51-year-old man in Granite City, Illinois, died Sunday due to the excessive heat, the Madison County coroner said. Mitsunari Uechi was found unresponsive in his mobile home, where the air conditioning was not working. Police described the residence as “extremely hot,” Coroner Stephen Nonn said in a statement.
Uechi was transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center with a body temperature of 104 degrees. He was later pronounced dead, according to the coroner.
Nonn noted that Uechi “suffered from chronic medical problems that placed him in a higher risk for heat-stress related illness.”
The advisories and warnings will remain in effect until at least Tuesday.
1 Thessalonians 5
‘The Day of the Lord
1 About the times and the seasons: brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Christ told each of us how to recognize the end times by exampling the seasonal change, but if you knew the change correctly, then he could not arrive like a thief in the night.