The Italians call it Lucifer – the high pressure from North Africa that set fire to many Mediterranean countries and claimed many lives. Spain and Portugal on Thursday also issued warnings of major fire hazards.
Thursday has been declared a national day of mourning in Algeria, with nearly 70 people killed in the fires since Monday.
Authorities suspect an arson, but in the rest of the Mediterranean, hell is blamed on the extreme North African weather like Italy, where hundreds of fires are raging, dubbed Lucifer.
Temperature record in Madrid
During the day, warnings were issued on the Iberian Peninsula.
– The Spanish Prime Minister said that we are not immune from this danger in Spain Pedro Sanchez On Wednesday, when the heat wave took hold.
The risk of fire was judged high in all but three of Spain’s 17 regions, and for the first time in more than 100 years, temperatures above 40 degrees were recorded for three consecutive days in Madrid.
In Catalonia, the use of soil preparation machines is prohibited during the hottest hours of the day, as well as camping or playing sports in forested areas where activities are considered to increase the risk of fire.
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The fires in Turkey, which have so far killed at least eight people, have led to a political crisis for the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Portugal has issued warnings in the central and northern parts of the country, while the southern tourist region of the Algarve has been judged to be the most at risk of wildfires.
After nearly two weeks of widespread fires, the situation remains grim in Greece. first Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis The fires describe the worst environmental disaster the island has experienced in decades.
At least three people were killed, hundreds were left homeless, and thousands were forced to flee their homes to escape the fires.
– The climate crisis is here, says Mitsotakis.
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