Pictures show Europe’s devastating forest fires as temperatures rise

Pictures show Europe’s devastating forest fires as temperatures rise

Many nations in Europe, called a “heat apocalypse” by a French meteorologist, are scorching below record temperatures, causing devastating forest fires in some parts of the continent.

Spain and Portugal have seen more than 1,000 deaths in the past week due to the weather, according to Reuters. Firefighters in France and Greece have also been out in force to try to fight huge forest fires in rural areas.

Heat records have been broken in many parts of Western Europe, and Britain recorded its hottest day ever on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

In Germany, fears of falling water levels on the Rhine, an important shipping route in Europe’s economic heart, are rising.

Firefighters are trying to put out a forest fire near the village of Tabara, near Zamora in northern Spain

Firefighters try to put out a forest fire near the village of Tabara, near Zamora, northern Spain, July 18, 2022.

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Ambulance personnel help a patient into an ambulance during a heat wave in Barcelona, ​​Spain

Ambulance personnel help a patient into an ambulance during a heat wave in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on Monday 18 July 2022.

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Firefighters take positions as the smoke rises from a forest fire near Louchats, in the Gironde region of southwestern France

Firefighters are taking positions as the smoke rises from a forest fire near Louchats, while forest fires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France, July 18, 2022.

Philippe Lopez | Reuters

Firefighters operate on site of a forest fire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain

Firefighters operate on the scene of a forest fire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain, June 18, 2022.

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Firefighters respond to a forest fire that broke out in the woods at Lickey Hills Country Park on the outskirts of Birmingham, England

Firefighters are responding to a large forest fire that has broken out in the woods at Lickey Hills Country Park on the outskirts of Birmingham.

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A helicopter is working during a forest fire in Cebreros in Avila, Spain

A helicopter works during a forest fire in Cebreros on July 18, 2022 in Avila, Spain.

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Firefighters are trying to control a forest fire near Louchats in Gironde, southwestern France

Firefighters try to control a forest fire near Louchats in Gironde, southwest of France on July 17, 2022.

Thibaud Moritz | AFP | Getty pictures

Tourists look at the cloud of dark smoke over the Dune of Pilat from Cap Ferret due to a forest fire in a forest near La Teste, southwest of France

Tourists look at the cloud of dark smoke over the Dune of Pilat from Cap Ferret due to a forest fire in a forest near La Teste, southwest of France.

Olivier Morin | AFP | Getty pictures

A puddle in the middle of the almost dry riverbed on the Rhine in Cologne, western Germany

A photo taken on 18 July 2022 shows a puddle in the middle of the almost dried-up riverbed on the Rhine in Cologne, in western Germany, as many parts of Europe are experiencing a heat wave.

Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty pictures

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