Europe broils in heat wave; fires in France, Spain

A heat wave in Europe was linked to global warming by Spain's prime minister. Hundreds have died from heat-related deaths and wildfires broke out from Portugal to the Balkans.


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July 18, 2022 - 2:50 PM

Tourists fill the Levante beach in Benidorm as a heatwave sweeps across Spain on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Benidorm, Spain. (Zowy Voeten/Getty Images/TNS)

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — A heat wave broiling Europe spilled northward Monday to Britain and fueled ferocious wildfires in Spain and France, which evacuated thousands of people and scrambled water-bombing planes and firefighters to battle flames in tinder-dry forests.

Two people were killed in the blazes in Spain that its prime minister linked to global warming, saying, “Climate change kills.”

That toll comes on top of the hundreds of heat-related deaths reported in the Iberian peninsula, as high temperatures have gripped the continent in recent days and triggered wildfires from Portugal to the Balkans. Some areas, including northern Italy, are also experiencing extended droughts. Climate change makes such life-threatening extremes less of a rarity — and heat waves have come even to places like Britain, which braced for possible record-breaking temperatures.

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