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Extreme Heat in Europe and Mediterranean Area

 More than 16,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in southwestern France due to the increasing fires in the Mediterranean countries like Spain, Croatia, and Greece.

The fire is burgeoning in the two regions of Teste-du-Boc and Landiras in the Gironde region of France.

More than 3,200 people fled the fire in the Mijas hills in Southern Spain.

The fires in Portugal have been kept in check briefly by the Portugal government. However, 659 people - mainly senior citizens, have died from heatstroke in the past week.

Malaga, a popular tourist area, might soon be affected by the Mijas fires of Spain. Wildfires have escalated rapidly in the provinces of Castilla, León, Galicia, and Extremadura.

More than 1,000 people have died recently in Portugal and Spain due to the hellish heat.

"We just grabbed a few essentials and ran," A Málaga resident told Reuters. "When we entered the street, practically everyone was running and there were many ambulances and fire engines."

Thousands of firefighters and numerous water-spraying planes have been deployed across the Mediterranean (from Morocco in the west to the Greek island of Crete in the east).

Since Tuesday, the vegetation has dried out even more due to the intense heat.

The French Meteorological Organization predicted that the temperature in the southern part of the country would reach 41 degrees Celsius on Sunday. In Portugal, the temperature recently reached 47 degrees.


Britain has been warned of extreme heat waves and temperatures as high as 41 degree Celsius is predicted on Monday and Tuesday.

In Morocco, more than 1,300 people have left their homes and more firefighters have been deployed to contain the fire in the northern part of the country. Larache province has been hit the hardest.

In Crete- Greece's largest and most populous island, firefighters are battling a huge blaze in the hills around Rethymno on the northern coast. On Saturday, it was reported that the fire was partially kept-in-check.

Some areas in southwest Turkey and on the Adriatic coast of Croatia are also affected by the fire. Fires have burned 10,500 hectares in France have been burnt because of the fires.

Heat waves expose people to the risk of heatstroke and extreme fatigue. Pets and farm animals are also vulnerable.

Even healthy, fit people are at risk, though children, the elderly, and people with health conditions are at greater risk.

Scorching heat can also cause damage to infrastructure, including melting road asphalt and bending railroad tracks.

Heat waves have become more frequent, more intense, and longer due to climate change caused by human activity. The world today is 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than at the beginning of the industrial age. If serious measures are not taken to reduce greenhouse gases, the earth will become hotter and hotter.

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