“The conditions are particularly difficult: the vegetation and the soil are particularly dry after more than a month without rain. The scorching temperatures (40°C today) (104°F) are expected to continue until Saturday and combine with very dry air to create conditions of very severe risk of fire outbreak,” 声明によると.
Wildfires in France have been especially violent this summer, raging across the south and southwestern part of the country while also popping up in the regions of Normandy and Brittany — further north than is typical.
Fires have burnt through 41,400 hectares in France since June 10, a huge increase compared to the 2,040 hectares lost in the same period last year, the press office of the French Interior Ministry’s civil security department told CNN.
イタリア, Spain and the UK also suffering
In Italy, farmers in some parts of the country have lost up to 80% of their harvest this year due to severe weather anomalies, the Coldretti farming association said Thursday.
Drought has meant that the soil hasn’t been able to absorb any rainfall in recent storms, leading to flooding and landslides, according to Coldretti.
Hail was “the most serious climatic event due to the irreversible damage it caused to the crops,” the association said, それを追加する “in a few minutes, it is able to destroy a whole year’s work.”
The farming association estimates the damage to exceed 6 十億ユーロ ($ 6.2 十億), equal to 10% of Italy’s annual agricultural production.
Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Spain’s national weather agency AEMET has warned of high temperatures across Spain as the heatwave on the peninsula continues.
Heat warnings are in place in various parts of the country for Thursday, with the largest concentration of affected communities in Spain’s northeastern regions near the border with France.
Temperatures are expected to rise to up to 40C, according to AEMET.
Most parts of the country are covered by heat warnings for Friday and maximum temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius are expected in the northeast and south of Spain.
The UK is also suffering another week of high temperatures, with the Met Office issuing an “amber extreme heat warning” 火曜日に.
“The Extreme heat warning, which covers much of the southern half of England as well as parts of eastern Wales, will be in force from Thursday through until the end of Sunday with impacts possible to health, transport and infrastructure,” the Met Office said in a statement.
Temperatures are expected to peak on Friday and Saturday and are “可能性が高い” to hit the low-to-mid 30 摂氏 (86 に 95 華氏度), 声明によると.