Holiday warning for Brits going to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus this half term

Brits jetting off on holidays to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus this half term will need to prepare for blistering temperatures as the heatwave which hit Europe this summer storms on.

Over the weekend, temperatures in Antalya, Turkey, hit 41C according to weather stations, smashing the previous hottest October day record by two degrees, reports the Mirror.

This means Turkey has just endured its hottest October day since 1930, according to meteorologist Yaser Turker.

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"Antalya experienced a historical day in terms of temperature," he wrote.

"Antalya Airport experienced the hottest October day since 1930 with 41.2°C (Central 40.4°C) due to the blow-drying of the hot air coming from Africa and descending to the bay from N and NW. 41.2°C is also Turkey's October record."

The heatwave has hit a region which is one of the most popular with tourists in Turkey, with more than 10 million tourists landing at Antalya so far this year.

October 1 was a particularly scorching day in the region, with Cyprus's Athalassa National Park clocking in just shy of 40C and Potamoi in Greece hitting 39.2C.

According to Arabia Weather, the temperature spike is the result of a wind descending from the tops of the Taurus mountains in a weather phenomenon called Fohn wind.

While temperatures have cooled in the past two days to a more manageable 30C across Turkey's southern coast, Europe's heatwave is still expected to continue.

Earlier this summer, rising temperatures saw thermometers top 40C for the first time in the UK.

In Portugal, 47C was reached as wildfires ripped across the country, while the mercury stayed above 50C in Death Valley, USA for the first time ever.

The longevity of the heatwave, and the fact it hit so many countries across the globe, underlined the alarming effect of man-made global warming.

Many scientists warned that such temperatures – and the damage they can do to people and natural resources – will become increasingly common.

As half term approaches, Brits who are looking to make the most of the relatively weak state of the Turkish economy may either be alarmed or welcome the likely high heats.

Although the temperatures will most likely drop by the time schools break-up in a fortnight, the seemingly relentless nature of the 2022 heatwave can't be ruled out.

If you're choosing to holiday in one of the heat-scorched countries soon make sure you take extra precautions against suns stroke, burns and dehydration.

Drink plenty of water at regular intervals, limit your alcohol intake, wear a high strength sun cream and ensure children wear hats and t-shirts when swimming.


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