Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues
BBCSpain was hit by more wildfires as temperatures remained sky-high in the Europe-wide heatwave. Firefighters finally managed to contain another blaze in the country they had been tackling for nearly 72 hours.
Authorities in Madrid said today that a fire that started Friday evening in the central town of Almorox had already burnt at least 1,600 hectares spilling over into the Madrid region and forcing the evacuation of a village. Another blaze near the city of Toledo some 60 kilometres away also forced the evacuation of 22 residents, as water-dropping aircraft assisted firefighters on the ground amid strong winds.
Meanwhile, a major blaze in the northeastern region of Catalonia had finally been contained and was in the process of being stabilised. The fires come as Europe is hit by a major heat wave, with temperatures in some parts of France reaching a record high. Spain’s weather agency said temperatures today would be above 36 degrees Celsius in a large part of the country, and would likely reach or go over 40 degrees C in the centre including Madrid and south. In parts of the northeast, meanwhile, they were expected to soar to 42 degrees C.
Meteorologists blame a blast of hot air from northern Africa for scorching temperatures early in the European summer. The heatwave is due to die down from tomorrow.