Most of Spain was placed on excessive alert Wednesday as temperatures rose above 45 levels Celsius with swathes of western Europe hit by a second heatwave in a matter of weeks.

France and Portugal have additionally seen scorching temperatures this week, and forest fires have damaged out in all three international locations.

Spain's state meteorological company Aemet mentioned some areas had been "suffocating", particularly the worst affected Andalusia within the south, Extremadura within the southwest and Galicia within the northwest.

They had been all positioned on excessive alert, which means residents had been requested to be cautious and watch the climate forecast. Journey was not suggested "except strictly obligatory".

Other than the Canary islands, all different areas of Spain had been positioned on decrease ranges of alert due to the warmth.

The best temperature in Spain on Wednesday was recorded within the Andalusian metropolis of Almonte the place the mercury hit 45.6 levels Celsius (114.1 Fahrenheit) at 5:30 pm (1530 GMT).

A number of different southern cities corresponding to Seville and Cordoba skilled temperatures above 44 levels Celsius.

The heatwave, which started final weekend and is predicted to final till Sunday.

Forest fires have already burned at the least 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres) in western Spain close to the border with Portugal.

Authorities in Portugal mentioned one individual had died in wildfires, after a physique was present in a burned space within the northern area of Aveiro.

In Spain, almost 500 residents have been briefly evacuated because of a fireplace northwest of Madrid, which firefighters battled to manage on Wednesday, regional emergency providers mentioned.

Heatwaves have turn into extra frequent because of local weather change, scientists say. As international temperatures rise over time, they're anticipated to turn into extra intense.

Spain has already suffered from drought this 12 months, with water reserves all the way down to 44 p.c of capability, in comparison with a median of 65 p.c on the similar interval over the previous 10 years.

The most well liked temperature ever recorded in Spain was 47.four Celsius final August.

© 2022 AFP

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