Heat Apocalypse Updates: As severe temperatures continue to plague most of Europe, scientists have warned that Western France is facing a “hot apocalypse.”In 15 areas of the southwest, temperatures might hit record highs, forcing thousands of people to evacuate while firefighters battle wildfires.
Thousands more people have had to leave because of fires in Spain, Portugal, and Greece.In some areas of the UK, which has issued its first ever red extreme heat warning, record temperatures are also predicted.Over 24,000 people have had to escape France in recent days due to wildfires, and emergency shelters have been put up for them.Firefighters are fighting to contain flames that have burnt more than 14,000 hectares (34,000 acres) of land since last Tuesday in Gironde, a well-known tourist area in the southwest.
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As a group of journalists, we were led through wooded areas toward the seaside, through campsites that had recently been abandoned by vacationers.At first, you could see smoke clouds hanging in the woods, but everything appeared to be under control.But the worse it got, the deeper we went.Suddenly, the roadside was covered in countless pockets of fire. Trees were ablaze. Firefighters were working nonstop to put out the most significant hot spots along the road.
They are attempting to stop the fire from engulfing the entire road. In smokey surroundings, the labour is hot.There was an abrupt roar above our heads as we neared the shore.It was a “water bomber” made by Canadair.To assist in putting out the flames, six of them have been sent to the region. Four or five seemed to fly above our heads, with one of them dumping a massive amount of water on the ground below.
The BBC was informed by JeanLuc Gleyze, the president of the Gironde region, that the hot and windy weather had caused the fires in LaTestedeBuch and Landiras to continue spreading, making it challenging for firefighters to put them out.He declared, “They have to fight this fire that is expanding and growing, and at times getting very, very high.He stated that further settlements will need to be evacuated.In certain parts of the southwest, the heatwave has sparked fears of “an apocalypse of heat,” according to one meteorologist who spoke to AFP news agency.Over a thousand deaths in Spain and Portugal have recently been related to the heat.
The body of a shepherd was discovered in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range, which is located in the central province of Zamora in Spain, where a fire has been burning since the weekend. He follows the death of a 62yearold fireman on Sunday as the second casualty associated with the Zamora fire.Fire engulfed Mercedes Pino’s home in the north-eastern part of Catalonia, close to Pont de Vilomara.She told Spanish media, “I was in bed and I noticed a really red light through the glass. The trailer we have in front of the door was on fire as I hurried as quickly as I could to it.
Castilla y León, Galicia, Castille, Andalusia, and Extremadura all saw fire outbreaks as well. On Monday, Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain, is scheduled to travel to the latter area.On Thursday, temperatures in Portugal reached a record-high 47C (116F).The national meteorological authority IPMA states that a third of the mainland is still extremely at risk of fire. According to the BBC’s Portugal correspondent Alison Roberts, this is a result of the severe or exceptional drought conditions that are present almost everywhere.She continues: Following the tragedy of June 2017, when 66 people lost their lives in fires, emergency and civil defence commanders’ top priority has been to act quickly to protect life.
As a result, over 860 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in both the north and south of the country.The heatwave is the second to recently affect southwest Europe.Due to human induced climate change, heatwaves are now more common, more powerful, and stay longer. Since the start of the industrial age, the world has already warmed by around 1.1C, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments drastically reduce emissions.Heatwaves will soon become the norm, according to Enrique Sanchez, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry at The University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain.”Over the long run, I mean in the upcoming years, there is no way that temperatures [will not] increase, thus heat wave events will become more and more frequent… throughout Europe,” he stated.