Spain battles biggest wildfires in 20 years as heatwave grips Europe
4 months ago
Health officials warn the worst is still to come, with temperatures expected to exceed 44C in some areas
Firefighters battled wildfires at a scale not seen for 20 years in Spain and southern France was placed on unprecedented red alert as much of western Europe sweltered in an extreme early-summer heatwave on Thursday.
With temperatures in northern Spain and southern France set to exceed 44C, governments urged their citizens to take the utmost precaution, warning that in some areas the worst was yet to come.
The conditions led officials to raise the French extreme heat alert to red. The alert, signifying a dangerous weather phenomenon, was the first since the system was introduced in 2004 following a 2003 heatwave that led to 15,000 premature deaths.