Europe Heatwave: Over 1k People Die in Portugal, Authorities Blame Climate Change for Drought and Wildfires

Europe Heatwave: Over 1k People Die in Portugal, Authorities Blame Climate Change for Drought and Wildfires

  • A heatwave, caused by climate change, is sweeping throughout Portugal and has left 1000 people dead
  • Europe is also experiencing wildfires that spreading rapidly due to the high temperatures and drought
  • The General Directorate for Health said temperatures reached higher than 40 degrees Celsius last week

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EUROPE - At least 1000 people died due to a heat wave that is sweeping across Portugal. Authorities blame the peculiar weather conditions on climate change and believe that the temperatures will continue to rise.

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Firefighters are working hard to contain wildfires caused by a heatwave. Image: Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP
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Wildfires caused by the high temperatures and drought are also rapidly spreading across the country. According to News24, firefighters are also attempting to put out blazes in other European nations, including Spain.

The General Directorate for Health’s head Graça Freitas said Portugal is among the areas that could be more affected by extreme heat. He said citizens need to be more prepared for high temperatures. Temperatures reached higher than 40 degrees Celsius last week.

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The World Meteorological Organisation believes the unusual temperatures may remain above normal until next week. The organisation’s Chief of Applied Climate Services Robert Stefanski said a study was conducted by WMO’s partners at a national and regional level, possibly not until the middle of next week, SABC News reported.

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Social media users are concerned over the high temperatures:

@Maryroyal4E said:

“OMG. Unrealistic numbers never heard before, this’s just July. And the numbers might grow through the years if we don’t take action.”

@bannedagain95 wrote:

“Oh my. Prayers.”

@blacc_th95 commented:

“Adverse effects of heat waves across Europe.”

@andraza_mr added:

“God is so good to us I pray and hope that the temperature would be back to normal in that region.”

Forest fires rage in scorching southwest Europe

In a related matter, Briefly News also reported Southwest Europe entered a sixth day of a summer heatwave on Saturday that has triggered devastating forest fires as parts of the continent braced for new temperature records early next week.

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Firefighters in France, Portugal and Spain, as well as Greece, battled forest blazes that have ravaged thousands of hectares of land and killed several firefighters since the start of the week.

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