Canary Islands fires – level 3

19-07-2023 07:00

Over 4,000 people have been evacuated from La Palma in the Canary Islands, due to a forest fire that has already destroyed 4,500 hectares of land and a dozen homes in the north-west.

The fire poses a risk of spreading to neighboring islands, with a Charon heatwave affecting Southern Europe and Morocco. The regional government has issued an official alert for neighboring islands, including Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The European Space Agency predicts record-breaking temperatures, potentially surpassing the 48.8C Sicily record. A study links climate change to more frequent and severe extreme weather. Greece faces a heatwave, and the US, especially Southern California, also experiences extreme heat and wildfires.

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