A severe heatwave is spanning parts of western Europe and the British Isles, sparking several destructive forest fires in some regions that have caused at least two deaths in Spain—experts say it highlights the impact of climate change on the region which is likely to get no respond on Tuesday.
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Due to the high temperatures, two massive forest fires have continued to rage on in southwestern France’s Gironde region for the past five daysaccording to France 24.
Authorities have been unable to contain the fires, despite deploying more than 1,200 firefighters and multiple aerial firefighting planes.
In Spain, a forest fire in the Zamora province has claimed at least two lives, including a firefighter and a farmer, the Associated Press reported,
Spain has already reported at least 537 heat-related deaths this month while neighboring Portugal—which has faced its own string of forest fires—has reported at least 659 such fatalities.
In the UK, weather officials warned that the UK could see a record high temperature of 43°C (109.4°F) on Tuesday and the Met Office issued a ‘red’ warning for extreme heat for Monday and Tuesday.
While on a visit surveying the damage from forest fires on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said: “Climate change kills people, our ecosystem and what is most precious to us.”