A three-year-old boy has died after falling asleep in a car as the temperature topped 37 degrees Celsius during the current heatwave that is making the UK and Europe sizzle.
The tragedy happened on Monday in the picture postcard agricultural community of Egersburg which is in southern Styria which lies just below Riegersburg Castle in Austria.
The boy had been staying with his grandparents and had gone out into the courtyard where he had climbed into the warm car to have asleep because it was warm.
He had apparently just had a meal, and was feeling sleepy afterwards.
But in the baking sun the youngster quickly dehydrated as he slept, and when he was found an hour or an hour and a half later, he was already unconscious.
The boy was taken to the general hospital in Graz in a critical condition unconscious and badly dehydrated where he later died.
The hospital confirmed that there had been no chance to save the youngster as he had been too long in the car.
Weather experts said this week record temperatures were being recorded with highs of around 37 degrees Celsius earlier this week when the boy climbed into the car.
The heat was so intense that Austrian churches which have thick stone walls even open their doors to allow people to call off when they did not have access to air conditioning.
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