Nude solidarity in Germany as temperatures soar across Europe
London, June 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-As temperatures soar across Europe, Members of the parliament in Munich, German are battling with a set of different problem occasioned by high temperature-Nudity
The problem has become so bad that it prompted an urgent motion to discuss how much nudity should be allowed in the face of scotching temperature
It all began on Wednesday when German police patrol team cautioned a man riding naked on a moped Same day topless sunbathers sparked a row in Munich
Meteorologists blamed a blast of hot air from northern Africa for the heatwave early in the European summer, which could send thermometers above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in France, Spain and Greece on Thursday and Friday.
Scientists warn that global warming could make such scorchers more frequent
In Germany, where the 70-year-old record temperature for June of 38.5 degrees Celsius could be beaten on Wednesday, police in Brandenburg cautioned a naked man for driving his moped wearing only his helmet and sandals.
Brandenburg police, who described themselves as “speechless” over the incident, said on Twitter the man’s response when stopped was: “Is it hot or what?”
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However, there was no joking in Munich after burly security guards ordered a group of women who were sunbathing topless on the banks of the Isar to put their bikini tops back on.
But the move apparently backfired, according to the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which quoted another sunbather as saying that she and others took their bikini tops off “out of solidarity”.
Munich officials are discussing how much public nudity should be allowed, but Bavaria’s ruling conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party went a step further.
An urgent motion was introduced in a plenary meeting Wednesday, reading “the bathing costume statues of the state capital Munich will be amended to the effect that bathing costumes must completely cover” the breasts and genitals.
‘Hell is coming’
Authorities were taking no chances in France, where a heatwave in August 2003 was blamed for 15,000 deaths.
Some schools closed on Thursday and Friday while several cities including Paris and Lyon have restricted traffic to limit a build-up of pollution.
The country’s weather service, Meteo-France, says the intensity of the heat is unprecedented since 1947, when detailed surveys started.
In Spain, a TV weather presenter tweeted “el infierno (hell) is coming”, with the centre and northeast put on alert for soaring temperatures.
The mercury could top 39 degrees Celsius in Zaragoza or Navarre — a new record for June in those regions.
On Friday, when 33 of the 50 Spanish provinces face extreme temperatures, which could reached 44 degrees Celsius in Girona.
In Austria’s Innsbruck, the world-famous carriage horses were given time off as the city recorded 36.7 degrees Celsius late Tuesday, breaking the 2012 record for Tyrol state of 36.6 degrees.Innsbruck passed legislation last year taking horse-drawn “fiaker” carriages off the streets when temperatures rise above 32 degrees.
In Poland, the interior ministry said 90 people have drowned this month while seeking to cool off in lakes or rivers.
Likewise in Lithuania, 27 people were reported to have drowned so far as temperatures in the Baltic state soared above 35 degrees.