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We are experiencing a heatwave in Europe that blazes from Portugal to Croatia

Europe is experiencing heavy heat and fires rage from Portugal to Croatia.

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by Antonio Bronic and Catarina Demony

Both LEIRIA and RASLINA are cities in the country of Croatia. Reuters reports that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of At least four countries in Europe were hit by wildfires Thursday, destroying homes and endangering livelihoods as temperatures reached the mid-40s in some parts of the continent.

Weary firefighters battled to contain blazes that had been fanned by strong winds in the Leiria district of Portugal. In footage from the area on Wednesday, the sky was darkened and billowing with smoke, while flames licked the roofs of houses in a small village.

During a briefing with Portugal’s national meteorological institute IPMA, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said, “Yesterday was a very tough day.”

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In order to prevent exhaustion among the firefighters and others trying to maintain control of the situation, “it is absolutely crucial that we avoid new events.”

On Thursday, aircraft and helicopters dropped water on flames tearing down a hillside lined with highly flammable pine and eucalyptus trees near the town of Pombal, the most concerning blaze.

Gesteira resident Antonio, who was watching the approaching flames with trepidation, described the eucalyptus trees as “like an explosion” once they reach them.

A fire that started in the Extremadura region of western Spain on Tuesday spread to Salamanca province in Castile and Leon, forcing the evacuation of 49 children from a summer camp on Thursday.

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Officials in the area estimate that the fires have scorched an area of more than 9,900 acres.

This week’s heatwave in southern Spain is expected to peak on Thursday, with temperatures expected to reach 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit).

Planes and troops were dispatched to fight three major wildfires on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, including one near Zadar and another near Sibenek, which had grown out of control.

After selling his home in Germany, Arndt Dreste, 55, relocated to the village of Raslina near Sibenik this year. The blaze did extensive damage to his home.

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I bought this house in January. I’m cut off from Germany and this is my life here. It was here,” Dreste told Reuters, showing the scorched walls of his home. “I bought it.”

a “HEATWAVE HOTSPOT”

Over a thousand firefighters and six water-bombing planes were battling two wildfires in southwest France as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the local authorities in the Gironde department, “The fires are still not under control.”

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Landiras, a town south of Bordeaux, was the scene of the largest of the two Gironde fires, which shut down roads and forced the evacuation of 500 residents.

Another fire broke out in the Arcachon Bay area of the French Atlantic coast, not far from Europe’s tallest sand dune, the “Dune du Pilat.” Thick clouds of dark smoke rose into the sky above this fire.

On Wednesday, around 6,000 people were evacuated from five nearby campsites, and another 60 people were evacuated early on Thursday.

Residents of Turkey’s southwestern Datca peninsula were also forced to flee their homes as the flames of an overnight blaze that had started on Wednesday were fanned by strong winds and threatened to spread.

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After seven firefighting planes and 14 helicopters were deployed, the forestry minister said the blaze had been contained on Thursday.

In recent days, parts of China and the United States have been hit by heatwaves, which scientists attribute to human-caused climate change.

New research shows that the number of heat waves in Europe has risen three to four times faster than in the rest of northern mid-latitudes, mainly because the jet stream air current splits into two parts for longer periods.

According to co-author and Columbia University climate scientist Kai Kornhuber, “Europe is very much affected by changes in atmospheric circulation.” It’s in the middle of a heat wave.”

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(Alex Richardson, Benoit Van Overstraeten, Gloria Dickie, Ali Kucukgocmen, and Yesim Dikmen contributed reporting from Madrid and Paris, respectively.)

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