Europe is currently facing its most severe heatwave since 2003, which resulted in almost 15,000 heat-related deaths. With temperatures set to hit above 40°C this week, Spanish meteorologist even posted a tweet that translates to “Hell is coming.”
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Most European homes are not equipped with air conditioning, so experts are urging people to take any measures possible to protect themselves. Relocate to air-conditioned rooms, use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and keep out of the sun during the peak temperatures.
While these tips are all well and good, some are taking a very, well, European approach to beating the heat.
Topless sunbathing is very common on European beaches, but some locals evidently don’t see the need to limit nudity to the beach.
A man in Sauerland, Germany, fully derobed in the freezer section of a supermarket in Hemer, according to local outlet ZVW.
The report says that the man “undressed under the eyes of very stunned customers and only dressed again when a saleswoman was made aware of him.” He apparently fled from the supermarket — but not before grabbing a beer, and then a banana, on the way. Police are investigating over theft and exhibitionist charges.
Another man in Brandenburg, Germany, was caught by police biking completely nude — except for his sandals and helmet, of course. Because safety first.
His response, according to the tweet, translates to: “It’s warm out, eh?”
Weil wir #sprachlos sind 😅: Wie würden Sie dieses Bild betiteln?
Als kleine Inspirationshilfe – ein #Zitat des Herren: „Et is halt warm, wa?“
— Polizei Brandenburg (@PolizeiBB) June 26, 2019
That’s one way to keep things breezy! Hope he was wearing sunscreen.
Others are flocking to any sources of water, such as these lineups for a pool in Berlin.
Tried to go to the local swimming pool in Berlin. Thought there would be a bit of a queue….
— Lydia Bigley (@lydiabigley) June 26, 2019
But why line up for a pool, when you can just take a dip in the public fountains?
From the Trevi Fountain in Rome to the Trocadero fountains in Paris, these water features are a charming staple of European cities. During the heatwave, they are a very inviting spot to dip your toes — or, you know, your whole body.
Hot day in Paris today. The outdoor pool beside the Eiffel Tower is great. As is the Happy hour in the Hideout. 18.00-22.00! pic.twitter.com/oBQhhbU8rc
— Finbarr (@FinbarKeating) June 26, 2019
Stay cool, Europe!