A blast of hot Saharan air is forcing European countries to take drastic steps this week as the continent struggles to cope with a record-breaking heatwave. German officials have imposed speed limits on parts of the country’s famously fast autobahn to prevent road deterioration, while zookeepers in Rome are feeding animals frozen treats. Some French schools may remain closed through the end of the week as temperatures could exceed the country’s previous record of 111 degrees.
Is this heatwave particularly dangerous? Experts say people aren’t prepared for an early summer sizzle — as opposed to ones in July or August — which could make it more lethal.