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US NewsWildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records

16:01  29 june  2019
16:01  29 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at least six people. In the worst-hit Gard region, where France’s highest-ever temperature was registered

People cool off in a fountain in Nice as a heatwave hits much of the country. PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at least six people.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Reuters/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL People enjoy sunset on the beach, as the heatwave hits France, in Cayeux-sur-Mer

PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

In the Gard region, where France's highest temperature on record was registered on Friday at 45.9 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit), scores of fires burned some 600 hectares (about 1,500 acres) of land and destroyed several houses and vehicles, emergency services said.

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PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at least six people. In the worst-hit Gard region, where France's highest-ever temperature was registered

By Gus Trompiz and Joan Faus PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave . A woman sunbathes on the beach, as the heatwave hits France, in Le Hourdel, near Cayeux-sur-Mer, France, June 29, 2019.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Sylvain Thomas/AFP/Getty Images Firefighters on the scene after a brushfire hit the landscape around Saint Gilles, on June 29, 2019 in the south of France

More than 700 firefighters and 10 aircraft were mobilised to tackle the fires in the Gard, some of which caused sections of motorways to be temporarily closed. Several firefighters were hurt but no serious injuries were reported.

French media said a man had been arrested for deliberately starting fires in one Gard village.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Sylvain Thomas/AFP/Getty Images Burnt vans and debris near a house after a brushfire hit the landscape around Saint Gilles in the south of France

The extreme heat was expected to ease on Saturday in southern France but highs were still forecast at close to 40 degrees.

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Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at * Three die in Italy as surging demand triggers power cuts . * In Spain, temperatures seen over 43 degrees C for third day.

PARIS/MADRID — Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at least three people in Italy.

Further north, Paris was due to experience its hottest day of the heatwave so far with a predicted high of 37 degrees.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Reuters Football fans soaked up the rays at last night's Women's World Cup quarter-final between France and the US in Paris Authorities in the capital maintained a ban on driving older cars to curb heatwave-related pollution.

The World Meteorological Organization said this week that 2019 was on track to be among the world's hottest years, and 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period on record.

It said the European heatwave was "absolutely consistent" with extremes linked to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Britain could see its hottest day of the year so far on Saturday, with temperatures expected to reach up to 35 degrees, according to the Met Office.

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Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures to parts of Europe , killing at least six people. In the worst-hit Gard region, where France's highest-ever temperature was registered on Friday at 45.9

* In Spain, new fires break out, two deaths reported. * Three die in Italy as surging demand triggers power cuts . PARIS/MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record - breaking temperatures

For a fourth consecutive day, unusually high temperatures above 43 degrees were forecast on Saturday across Spain.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Associated Press A reveller protects her eyes while taking part in a wine battle in Haro, northern Spain

Forty of the Spain's 50 regions have been placed under weather alert, with seven of them considered to be at extreme risk, the national meteorological agency said.

In the northeastern city of Girona, the mercury reached a record high of 43.9 degrees on Friday, the Catalan city's highest-ever temperature on record.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Thomson Reuters A wildfire near the city of Toledo on June 28, 2019

Firefighters managed to contain 90% of the wildfires that raged across 60 sq km (23 sq miles) of land in the northeastern Tarragona province, the Catalan government said on Saturday.

Two other wildfires in the central Toledo region were still burning, officials said.

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records © Reuters A helicopter flies over a wildfire near the city of Toledo, Spain on June 28, 2019

The heat killed at least three people as temperatures soared in central and northern Italy, while hospitals in the financial capital Milan saw a 35% rise in emergency visits due to heat-related conditions, local media reported.

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* Firefighters battle wildfires in France and Spain. * Three die in Italy as surging demand triggers power cuts . * In Spain, temperatures seen over 43 degrees C for third day. Further north, Paris was due to experience its hottest day of the heatwave so far with a predicted high of 37 degrees.

It said the European heatwave was “absolutely consistent” with extremes linked to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. ‘EXTREME RISK’. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘ break ’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

Demand for power in the city surged as people cranked up air conditioning causing sporadic blackouts in stores and restaurants. Temperatures are forecast to ease in the coming days but will remain hot.

(Additional reporting by Costas Pitas in London and Stephen Jewkes in Milan; Writing by Helen Popper; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records
Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records

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