Wildfires and heat waves plague southern Europe


Wildfires and heat waves plague southern Europe
Authorities across southern Europe have battled huge wildfires in countries including Spain, Greece and France as temperatures continue to soar.

Spain’s weather agency issued temperature warnings for Sunday, with highs of 42 degrees Celsius forecast in Aragon, Navarra and La Rioja in the north. Fires were raging in several other regions including Castille and Leon in central Spain and Galicia in the north on Sunday afternoon. In Malaga province in southern Spain, wildfires raged into the night.

In France firefighters worked to contain a fire near Louchats, France, where the national weather agency issued an extreme heat alerts. Wildfires have now spread over 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) in the southwestern region of Gironde.

In Greece the fire brigade said on Saturday 71 blazes had broken out within a 24-hour period.

According to data from the national meteorological institute 96% of the mainland in Portugal was in severe or extreme drought at the end of June, before the recent heat wave.

At least 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heatwave in Portugal and Spain so far. Temperatures in Spain have reached as high as 45.7 degrees Celsius during the nearly week-long heat wave.

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