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World Huge forest blaze defies Portugal's firefighting efforts

13:20  07 august  2018
13:20  07 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Lisbon breaks record for maximum temp, hits 44 C (111.2 F)

  Lisbon breaks record for maximum temp, hits 44 C (111.2 F) Lisbon has broken a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting wave of heat bakes Portugal and neighboring Spain. New heat records were set in 26 places around Portugal.Portugal's weather service said the capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon, surpassing the city's previous record of 43 C (109.4 F) set in 1981.The day's hottest temperature of 46.8 C (116.2 F) was recorded at Alvega in the center of Portugal. The country's highest temperature on record is 47.4 C (117.3 F) from 2003.

Many people killed in their cars as they fled from huge blaze amid severe heatwave on Iberian peninsula.

Over 2,000 firefighters are tackling ten major infernos across central and northern Portugal as authorities struggle to get the blazes under control. Huge forest fire kills dozens in central Portugal - Продолжительность: 1:13 euronews (in English) 95 392 просмотра.

A firefighter jumps off a small mound while working on a fire near the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo) © The Associated Press A firefighter jumps off a small mound while working on a fire near the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

LISBON, Portugal — More than 1,000 firefighters supported by 19 aircraft are battling a major wildfire in southern Portugal for a fifth straight day.

Authorities had hoped lower overnight temperatures would allow services to contain the blaze. But officials said Tuesday that strong winds are fueling the flames which are racing through dry and largely inaccessible woodland.

The fire came within 500 meters of the fire department in Monchique, a town of 2,000 people about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lisbon, as officials evacuated scores of houses. Emergency services say 29 people have been hurt in the wildfire.

Officials say an unknown number of homes located in the forested hills have burned down.

The firefighting effort is drawing criticism, with some claiming poor organization is thwarting the operation.

Worst may be yet to come amid an extreme California wildfire season .
<p>A couple of very tough months are ahead for the wildfire season and firefighting efforts in the western United States, especially California.</p>A couple of very tough months are ahead for the wildfire season and firefighting efforts in the western United States, especially California.

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