Spain Battles Wildfires as it Swelters in Heatwave

Environmental News from Europe:

Firefighters battled to bring raging wildfires under control in Spain on Saturday and people sought relief with fans, shade, and plenty of water as an unseasonable heatwave pushed temperatures close to record highs.

Spain was heading towards its hottest early summer temperatures in decades, with forecasts of between 40-42 degrees Celsius (104-108 Fahrenheit) in Zaragoza in the northeast and areas of Navarre and La Rioja in northern Spain, according to national weather agency AEMET.

Many areas of Western Europe have been sweltering under unseasonably hot temperatures over the past few days, compounding climate change fears.

In Zaragoza, forecast to sizzle under Spain’s highest temperature of 42C on Saturday, people at a farmers market waved fans and newspapers, stood in the shade, and kept hydrated. By 4 p.m. the temperature had reached 40.9C.

Dry and windy conditions have caused wildfires in several areas, with Zamora, near the border with Portugal, among the worst hit.

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Source: Reuters

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