Europeans swelter in heatwave from Vatican to Swiss lakes

From lakes to fountains, water gave people across Europe moments of relief on Sunday (August 5) as a sweltering heatwave continued to grip the continent.

Nuns found shelter under colourful umbrellas as they refilled their water bottles in St Peter’s Square waiting for Pope Francis to lead the Angelus prayer.

Some tourists preferred to seek shelter under hats, paper fans and shawls as temperatures soared in the Vatican’s iconic square.

In Switzerland, people seemed to enjoy the heat more as they crowded Lake Lucerne with inflatable boats, canoes and pink flamingos floats. Swiss mountain railways reported booming business as city dwellers fled to the Alps.

The heatwave has brought drought and wildfires to Europe from Greece to Sweden. In parts of Portugal temperatures climbed to nearly 47 degrees Celsius on Thursday (August 2) and Saturday (August 4).

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