Spanish tourists issued wildfire warning as scorching temperatures hit 43 degrees

Spanish fire and rescue services are battling wildfires across the country as temperatures soar above 40 degrees.

After days of scorching heat, dozens of wildfires broke out in eight of the 17 regions. Catalan officials said firefighters were battling 30 fires on Saturday alone.

It comes after holidaymakers received a severe heat weather warning, with authorities urging Britons to take extra care.

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The advice for travelers abroad says: “Forest fires occur frequently in Spain, including the Spanish islands, during the summer months when temperatures regularly reach over 40C.

“Be careful when visiting or crossing wooded areas.

“Check with local civil protection for fires and immediately report anything you see to the emergency services on 112.”

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One of the worst fires has broken out near Baldomar, in Catalonia’s northeastern province of Lleida, according to EuroNews.

The Catalan government said 500 hectares of trees had already been destroyed and officials warned it had “the potential” to destroy another 20,000.

In northwestern Spain, in the Sierra de la Culebra mountain range, a fire has destroyed 25,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of hundreds of local residents.

Meanwhile, about fifteen municipalities have been evacuated from the Navarre region in northern Spain, the Guardian reports.

The scorching weather comes as Spain’s meteorological agency blames climate change for having more frequent heat waves.

A spokesperson for Aemet, Rubén del Campo, said: “In the mid-21st century, which isn’t too far off, a normal summer could be as hot as the hottest summer we’ve had to date. now, even warmer. So what is extraordinary now will eventually become normal.