In Ireland, where the country has been struggling with a drought since mid-September, the worst drought in 40 years has left more than 70% of the country without power.
Ireland is one of only two countries in Europe where the number of people without electricity has doubled over the past year, and the country is the worst affected by it.
More than 8,000 homes have been without power in the country, and 1,200 people have been displaced by the heatwave, which has caused widespread damage to crops and caused an estimated $100bn in damage.
“We are in the middle of a terrible situation,” said Eamonn Ó Muilleoir, the minister for rural development.
“We are living in a very, very challenging time for this country.”
The worst drought since records began in 1850 has forced thousands of people to seek shelter in sheds and makeshift huts in the countryside, where they are often without heat or running water.
The situation has been worsened by a lack of basic supplies, including water, as well as by widespread crop damage caused by the prolonged heatwave.
There are fears the country will go without electricity for more than a month as temperatures in some regions are forecast to climb to 40C (104F).
The country has also faced a severe shortage of fuel, with a shortage of diesel fuel, petrol and heating oil that is fuelling many vehicles.
Some roads in the south of the island have been closed in the face of the drought.
The drought has also forced the closure of the city of Limerick, home to nearly a quarter of Ireland’s population, as the city suffers from “sickness and exhaustion” due to the heat, it has emerged.
“The heatwave is devastating and will have a direct impact on the city’s ability to serve its citizens,” said the city council.
It added that the heat will be “very bad” for the people living in the city.
People in Dublin, Dublin County and Cork are suffering from heat exhaustion, while in Donegal, Drogheda and Sligo, some are being advised to take shelter in their houses.
In total, there are more than 9,000 Irish people living without power, and more than 4,500 in need of help.
The Government has set aside more than €500m to help the country’s poor, including emergency fuel payments of up to €250 per household.
The situation in the capital has become even more difficult, with thousands of buses on the roads being turned off due to heatwave conditions.
A total of 4,700 properties are affected by the severe drought in the north, with the worst-affected areas of Donegal and Cork.
A total $3.7bn has been set aside by the Government for the Irish Water Authority to repair infrastructure damaged by the drought and provide water, food and other necessities to the poorest.
In total the country currently has €1.3bn of emergency aid available.
The Irish government has also committed to the European Union, with €1bn of funding set aside to help Ireland meet its target of having enough water to meet the needs of 1.3 million people by 2020.