Spain battles wildfires as heatwave persists

16/6/2022 1:29:00 PM

Spain battles wildfires as heatwave persists

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Spain battles wildfires as heatwave persists

MADRID: Emergency services battled several wildfires on Thursday (Jun 16) as Spain remained in the grip of an exceptional heatwave that has seen temperatures reach 43 degrees Celsius. The most alarming blaze, near Baldomar in Catalonia, has already destroyed 500ha of forest but could spread to over 20

MADRID: Emergency services battled several wildfires on Thursday (Jun 16) as Spain remained in the grip of an exceptional heatwave that has seen temperatures reach 43 degrees Celsius.The most alarming blaze, near Baldomar in Catalonia, has already destroyed 500ha of forest but could spread to over 20,000, the government in the north-western region said.

No one has been evacuated yet but the Catalan authorities have cordoned off several residential areas as a precaution.In Lerida province, where Baldomar is located, temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius on Thursday.Spanish meteorologial office AEMET also forecast temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Badajoz in the south-west and Zaragoza in the north-east.

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The most alarming blaze, near Baldomar in Catalonia, has already destroyed 500ha of forest but could spread to over 20,000, the government in the north-western region said. No one has been evacuated yet but the Catalan authorities have cordoned off several residential areas as a precaution. A series of slow motion disasters is gripping the country as it enters summer, with warnings of misery for months to come in some areas. In Lerida province, where Baldomar is located, temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius on Thursday. "June is one of the best months for us, so a heat wave right now is no good for business," manager Daniel Benito, 42, said as he helped a waitress rearrange large fans and sprayed the floor with water to try and cool down the space. Spanish meteorologial office AEMET also forecast temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Badajoz in the south-west and Zaragoza in the north-east. "A dome of high pressure is expected to generate well-above-normal to record-breaking temperatures across the region both today (Tuesday) and tomorrow," with heat indices"well into the triple digits in many locations", the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Two other wildfires were raging in Catalonia on Thursday morning, in Lerida and Tarragona provinces, and had destroyed nearly 300ha, the Catalan authorities said. "Faced with this significant, strong and early heatwave, the government calls for vigilance," Gregoire added, saying the elderly, people living on their own and the homeless were particularly at risk.

Another was burning in the Sierra de la Culebra mountains in Zamora, central Spain. NWS meteorologist Alex Lamers said the high pressure dome was sparking extreme events around its periphery. Warm weather is common in southern countries, but such high temperatures usually come later in the summer. In the northern province of Navarra, firefighters brought two forest fires under control on Wednesday night, regional emergency services said. The six-day-old heatwave, exceptional in Spain for this time of year, has affected the entire country and is forecast to last until Saturday, AEMET said. The heat dome's northern edge, where high temperatures collided with colder air, saw some violent storms on Monday. Spain recorded its hottest May since the start of the 21st century and has seen four extreme temperature episodes in less than a year. "The heat wave will intensify throughout the week," said Dr Mika Rantanen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. In neighbouring Portugal, last month was the hottest May since 1931. That cold front was expected to bring more unsettled weather, with hail and damaging winds forecast. The spring has been exceptionally warm and dry so far, with May 2022 the warmest May since records began.

Heatwaves have become more prevalent due to climate change, scientists say. As global temperatures rise over time, heatwaves are predicted to become more frequent and intense, and their impacts more widespread. The 3,400 sq mile (8,900 sq km) park in Wyoming, which is home to the famous Old Faithful geyser, was shuttered on Monday after a flooded river swept away roads and cut off a nearby community. It's the second time in less than a month that temperatures surpassed 40 degrees in Spain, an unusual heat for this time of the year, with the nation's meteorological agency issuing dozens of warnings across the country. Related: .