Wildfires rage in southern Europe as soaring temperatures persist

Villages were evacuated as a result of wildfires in Greece and the Canary Islands that were brought on by heatwaves across Europe.

On Sunday, authorities in Greece ordered the evacuation of five more towns close to the country’s northeastern border with Turkey as summer wildfires, which have already damaged a number of homes, grew increasingly dangerous.

On Monday, the area around the country’s capital, Athens, and other regions of southern Greece, experienced strong winds that fanned the flames and prompted civil protection officials to issue a “extreme” fire risk warning.

The remaining traces of the fires that started on Tuesday last week were still being put out in Orotova, Tenerife.

Firefighters made progress overnight in their bid to contain the blaze that has raged out of control for the previous five days thanks to better weather conditions.

The regional president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, announced on Sunday that police had determined a wildfire burning on the popular Spanish tourist island of Tenerife was intentionally sparked.

Clavijo stated that three lines of inquiry had been initiated by the police but did not specify whether any arrests had been made.

Experts contend that global warming is to blame for the ongoing occurrence of exceptionally late high temperatures in areas of southern Europe, including eastern France.

It’s expected that the high temperatures will last the entire week.

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