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Wildfires And Record-Breaking Heatwaves In Western Europe
With the extreme heat, Western Europe is facing record highs and a spread of wildfires. The heatwave in the UK has likewise caused much concern, disruption and despair for the nation, completely unused to this degree of heat. The rest of Western Europe is likewise suffering.
Firefighters have faced multiple wildfires in the scorching heat across the region. It was even reported that according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) the worse is yet to come.
The effects of heatwaves in Western Europe
Alongside the extreme heat in the UK, the BBC announced that several fires broke out across the country. One particular outbreak saw homes and potentially a church set alight in East London. One firefighter onsite described. it as “absolute hell”. Reportedly, nearly 37,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the last few days.
Recent extreme temperatures have killed at least 1,500 people across the continent. Portugal and Spain were among the countries who saw an increase in heat-related deaths.
A researcher at Lisbon University’s faculty of sciences revealed that the data showed those most likely to die due to heatwaves were elderly people.
He stated that “the number of deaths in the future would depend, among other things, on the preventive measures people adopted to protect themselves, how care homes tended to their residents, and how infrastructure was adapted.”
Elsewhere in France, 64 different areas registered record-high temperatures on Monday. Mainland France has not topped it’s record high though the south-west has seen its biggest wildfires in over 30 years.
The intense heatwaves in Western Europe as well as the raging wildfires are as a clear result of climate change. While cooler temperatures appear to be on the way, concerns still remain across the continent.