Greek officials warn that the possibility of forest fires has increased due to dry and hot weather.
At least 4,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire on the island of Palma, located in Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago. The fire caused damage in an area of 4500 hectares, 12 buildings were burnt.
The president of the regional government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, attributed the rapid spread of the fire to “the wind, the climatic conditions, as well as the heat waves we are experiencing”.
On the other hand, in Phoenix, the capital of the US state of Arizona, the temperature exceeds 43 degrees for 16 days in a row. Phoenix hit 48 degrees on Saturday, setting a record for the temperature since meteorological records began.
Phoenix has mobile clinics that provide medical care to homeless people who have suffered third-degree burns from the heat.
Temperature records are expected in the southern and western United States on Sunday as well. Temperatures could reach 54 degrees in California’s Death Valley.
About 113 million Americans, or about a third of the nation’s population, live in areas under heat warnings.
US officials are urging people not to underestimate the risks to life posed by heat, drink enough fluids, avoid outdoor activities and stay cool whenever possible.
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