Europe is experiencing record-breaking heat, with maps turning blood red in the face of a blistering heatwave warning.
A scorching heatwave pushed the mercury to nearly 50 degrees Celsius in Spain and Portugal, breaking all previous records.
On Saturday, August 14, a temperature of 47.4 degrees Celsius (117.3 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in the municipality of Cordoba, according to Spanish weather officials.
According to preliminary statistics from the state meteorological department, it beat the previous record of one-tenth of a degree recorded at the same measuring site in July 2017.
“It would be the highest record reliably observed in Spain,” said spokesman Ruben del Campo.
After five days, Spain’s strong heatwave is likely to last until the end of today, with five regions still on high alert due to extreme temperatures.
The most recent WXCharts for Spain seen by This website show blood red skies and temperatures as high as 40°C in some regions of the country.
Mr Del Campo went on to say that the heatwave was “perhaps one of Spain’s most intense experiences.”
The country is on high alert due to a combination of extreme heat and an increase in suspended dust particles, which has raised the risk of fire.
Nearly 1,000 firemen, supported by 15 water-dropping planes, have been battling a blaze in Avila province since Saturday morning, which was fueled by gusts of up to 54 mph at one point.
The wildfire has devastated 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of land so far, forcing almost 1,000 people to flee numerous adjacent towns and villages over the weekend.
Spain also saw twice as many heat waves between 2011 and 2020 than it did in the previous three decades.
This pattern of heatwaves, according to scientists, is an undeniable evidence of climate change that will only worsen.
Around 200 firemen were battling a blaze near Castro Marim in the southern region of Algarve, which is a popular tourist destination in Europe.
Heatwaves and destructive wildfires have already struck European nations such as Greece and Turkey this summer.
After blazing blazes charred swaths of land across the country, firemen raced to control two new fires near the Greek port city of Lavrio, prompting the evacuation of several towns.
“The fire front is vast, and the winds in the area are very strong,” Thanasis Avgerinos, deputy regional governor of East Attica, stated.
“This is a pine-covered area that is extremely flammable.”
Meanwhile, a forest fire broke out 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Athens in Vilia, Attica. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”