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Heat Wave Spreads Across Europe Raising Risk in Energy Crisis

  • London set for heat wave conditions in the coming days
  • Summer heat is driving up power prices amid energy crunch
A person sits in the shade in front of the Po river in Calto, Italy.

A person sits in the shade in front of the Po river in Calto, Italy.

Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Temperatures are soaring across Europe, drying up waterways and boosting demand for electricity to cool homes as the region faces a crunch for energy supplies. 

It’s a continuation of this summer’s remarkable heat following record-setting temperatures in June, an earlier start to summer than is typical. The hot, dry conditions are driving up power prices and causing a crisis in parts of Italy, where a glacier is melting and severe drought is cutting power supplies and hitting agriculture. Extreme and dangerous heat is the direct manifestation of a planet warmed by the continued burning of fossil fuels.