Malta is set to swelter in temperatures as warm as 39°C this weekend as the second heatwave of 2019 arrives.
The Met Office issued a weather warning, urging people to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, to drink plenty of water, and to wear light clothing.
Thousands of holidaymakers will be among those enjoying the balmy conditions this weekend, with beaches in Malta and Gozo expected to be extra busy.
It comes as Europe faces a heatwave of even bigger proportions next week.
The mercury could reach 44°C in southern Italy and the Balearic Islands, while temperature records could be smashed in other countries such as France.
Laura Ellam, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘The heat is building across continental Europe.
‘These high temperatures in Europe could potentially be record breaking in some countries such as France, Germany and the Netherlands.
‘Compared with June so far, it’s going to be significantly warmer and more humid, which you’ll also notice.’
Andrea Muscat from Maltese Islands Weather said: ‘The temperatures will be sizzling, and the Maltese Islands will be going through an official heatwave.
‘Nights should be very clammy. Another hot spell is not ruled out for the end of June and beginning of July.
‘The UV Index will be at a very high 10. This means an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.’
Tips to avoid the effects of a heat wave
- Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11am and 4pm.
- Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
- Drink fresh, clear water regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food such as salads
- Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks can make the situation worse.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day and opt for indoor physical activity
- walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat
- Seek medical advice if you have any concerns