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The Balkans are covered by the hot wave, tomorrow temperatures up to 43 degrees

The Balkans are covered by the hot wave, tomorrow temperatures up to 43 degrees

Temperatures will reach up to 43 degrees Celsius in Southeast Europe as authorities issue a warning for a heat wave expected on Thursday.

In northern Macedonia, health officials have called for a break in construction work and called for municipal-level initiatives to help the elderly and homeless. All six administrative regions of the country will be hit by rising temperatures.

Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, as well as parts of Romania and Serbia, will also experience high heat levels, writes Euronews .

In the central Dimal region of Albania, temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

In the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, municipal employees distributed free water bottles to several locations in the city. Authorities in Athens have begun offering air-conditioned spaces to the public and have advised residents to stay indoors during peak hours.

In addition to Paris, Rotterdam, Glasgow and Seville, Athens is part of a European network of cities created to combat the effects of high temperatures.

"We've been talking about global warming for decades, but we haven't talked much about heat," said Athens-based young officer Eleni Myrivili.

"I look forward to raising awareness among the citizens of Athens of the great dangers of extreme heat and helping decision-makers take action to protect the city and its people," she added.

Fires broke out for a second day in southern Greece, forcing evacuations to a mountainous area outside the western port city of Patras. Smoke from the fire was visible in the city center. Forest fires were also reported in Bulgaria and Albania.  

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