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Tourists are being denied access from hotels and visitor spots on the island of Sicily because of high temperatures which could force the island to start rationing water.

Sicily and Italy as a whole are on the frontline of Europe’s heatwave crisis as temperatures exceeding 40C grip the nation through another boiling summer.

In some parts of the island, the heat is having such a devastating effect that farmers are having to slaughter their animals because there is so little water to hydrate them.

Furthermore, tourists are being issued safety warnings ahead of travelling to parts of Europe to make sure they take measures to avoid the worst of the conditions.

The Times reported that tourists who visit the Sicilian town of Agrigento are being turned away because the water is running dry.

Speaking to the publication, the local head of Federalberghi, the hotelier’s association, Francesco Picarella, said: “The water supply is on two or three times a week. All houses have cisterns to store water, but for some it is not enough.”

Mr Picarella said that whilst the problem was being seen all the way across Sicily leaking pipes were exacerbating the problem in other areas.

Meanwhile, the local mayor of Agrigento, Franco Micciche is reportedly pushing for the usage of a seawater desalination plant to help the island cope with the problem.

Sicily isn’t the only part of Italy being struck by high temperatures. Earlier this week, the Italian Meteorological Service issued an “Excessive Heat Warning”.

The forecaster predicted that temperatures could rise above 40C in places such as south-central Italy and on the island of Sardinia as well as Sicily. Foggia in southern Italy is also likely to be hit hard with temperatures of around 42.1C.

Spain too is expected to exceed 40C before the month is out. Meteorologist Jose Miguel Vinas blamed the recent heat on an “anticyclonic” pattern.

He told the Olive Press News Spain: “This anticyclonic influence will result in a sunny day across most parts of the country, pushing temperatures up significantly.”



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