Heat wave intensified in southern Europe

Almost all French territory is set to be affected on Saturday, and 11 provinces located mainly along the Atlantic coast and in the southwest are put on red alert, with temperatures locally reaching 42 degrees Celsius, according to Météo-France.

The temperature is expected to increase on Saturday afternoon From the west of the Pyrenees mountains towards the north-east of the countryaccording to Météo-France, which states thatTemperatures generally range between 38 and 41 degrees Celsius in the southwest, the center and the Paris region.

Peaks close to 42 °C are locally possible in the south of the Aquitaine region (southwest). Absolute temperature records can then be brokenMétéo-France warns in its latest publication on Saturday.

The proliferation of heat waves in Europe is a direct result of global warming. Scientists say greenhouse gas emissions increase the strength, duration, and frequency of heat waves.

Many festive, sporting and cultural events have also been cancelled.

“We are in a very early heat wave, and it is a strong episode that will last a little longer than expected,” the French health minister said.

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From Saturday evening, occasional thunderstorms may occur on the Atlantic coast, the first signs of deterioration expected Sunday evening that will allow a heat wave to spread. It gradually declines until it is no longer related only to the eastern flank of the countryAccording to Météo-France.

The heat wave has particular consequences for the homeless, who are vulnerable to drought.

In Toulouse (southwest), the Red Cross organizes tours to distribute fresh water to them. There are more people killed in the streets in the summer than in the winterconfirms to the 67-year-old volunteer, Hugues Juglair.

Farmers also have to adapt. Daniel Tofaloni, farmer near Elne (Pyrénées-Orientales),h30 “,” text “:” The attack is from dawn to 11:30 in the morning. “}}”>Dawn attack until 11:30 am. Then I can work in the evening before dark, says this sexual. In his tomato greenhouses, the temperature can reach 55 ° C.

Water sports are very popular during this heat wave period.

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We’re in a very early heatwave episode, and it’s a strong episode that’s lasting a little longer than expectedFrance’s Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, said during a trip to a nursing home in the southwest, adding that The hospital is clearly saturated, but it meets the demand.

Earth destroyed in Spain

In Spain, firefighters continued to fight many fires.

The most devastating fire forced the authorities to evacuate 14 villages, with several hundred inhabitants, in the Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain range in the region of Castile and León, near the border with Portugal.

According to regional authorities, some of them were able to return to their homes on Saturday morning after the flames moved away from their homes.

In total, nearly 20,000 hectares burned in this gigantic fire.

However, the fire stay activeconfirmed the government of Castile and Leon, referring to the weather Not suitablewith dry winds and high temperatures.

Firefighters also continued to fight other fires in Codel, in the Valencia region (southeast), or in Artesa de Segre, in Catalonia (northeast), where since Wednesday a fire has destroyed 1,600 hectares of land.

Emergency services are battling several wildfires as an exceptional heat wave swept through Spain that sent temperatures soaring to 43 degrees Celsius.

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Germany affected

The heat wave has not spared Germany either, where temperatures can be felt as high as 40 degrees on Saturday, while some fires have already broken out.

In Brandenburg, the area around Berlin, the fire broke out on Friday and spread in the evening over an area of ​​60 hectares.

Another fire in the Trecktal Valley, southwest of Berlin, is currently under control, but threatens to erupt again due to drought and global warming. About 6.5 hectares of forest were burned.

The United Nations called on Friday act now Against drought and desertification in order to avoid it human disasters.

It’s time for action: every action countsThe Administrative Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Ibrahim Thiaw, said during a conference in Madrid on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Drought.

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