the Heat wave affecting Europe It has brought thermometers to historical figures. That hurricane, baptized in the name of The devil, is currently crossing the peninsula, causing in particular the temperature of 48.8 degrees recorded last Wednesday in Sicily, which It can correspond to a record in Europe.
the South Facing intense heat and severe fires this summer, A phenomenon that will intensify and worsen with climate change, according to scientists.
Why is there a heat wave?
These are the temperatures, much higher than usual in this period, Caused by the eruption of a very hot air mass from North Africa, which joined the Excessive exposure to sunlight, as indicated by the two meteorological agencies.
Scientists consider this The frequency of heat waves is an unmistakable effect of global warming And they estimate that this type of heat wave It will multiply and condense in the future.
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In Italy they are fighting fires
Firefighters battled from Wednesday night through Thursday Half a thousand outbreaks of fires ravaging Italy And they have already caused the deaths of four this week.
“There have been 528 interventions in the past 12 hours, including 230 in Sicily, where the situation is currently under control,” the firefighters said in a statement.
Heat wave causes fires in Spain and Portugal
the A severe heat wave will affect Spain and Portugal At least until Monday lift The danger of fires in a large part of the Iberian PeninsulaAuthorities alerted the two countries on Thursday.
The danger of being unleashed Out-of-control fires are a particular concern after devastating fires that has been rocking other Mediterranean countries like Greece and Turkey for weeks.
in a Spain, the The risk is considered “extreme” He indicated that for Thursday and Friday in a large part of the country State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which has not yet published its estimates for the following days.
in a Portugal, the Warning for fires”MaximumBetween Thursday and Monday in the northern and central interior of the country, as well as in part of the Algarve (south), the Meteorological Institute indicated.
Alerts increased due to a heat wave that should raise temperatures around 40 degrees Over most of the peninsula until Monday, with higher peaks in several regions such as the Guadalquivir Valley, in southern Spain, where thermometers can reach 45 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, the county From Ciudad Real (center) it has already reached 42°C, according to AEMET measurements.
To reduce the risk of fireCatalonia tourist area (Northeast) decided Banning camping in the forest and sports activities In rural areas between Friday and Tuesday as well as some mechanical agricultural work at certain hours.
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