Photos show Europe’s devastating wildfires as temperatures rise


Dubbed the “thermal apocalypse” by a French meteorologist, many countries in Europe are sweltering under record temperatures, sparking devastating wildfires in parts of the continent.

Spain and Portugal have recorded more than 1,000 deaths over the past week attributed to weather conditions, according to Reuters. Firefighters from France and Greece have also been out in force trying to fight huge wildfires in rural areas.

Heat records were broken in many parts of Western Europe, with Britain recording its hottest day on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching a high of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters in the capital had declared a major incident after a “huge wave” of fires in the city on Tuesday. At least one house has been completely destroyed and several others badly damaged after fires broke out in a village on the outskirts of east London, Sky News reported.

In Germany, fears are growing over falling water levels in the Rhine, a vital sea route at the economic heart of Europe.

Firefighters attempt to put out a forest fire next to the village of Tabara, near Zamora, northern Spain

Firefighters try to put out a forest fire near the village of Tabara, near Zamora, northern Spain, July 18, 2022.

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Paramedics help a patient into an ambulance during a heat wave in Barcelona, ​​Spain

Paramedics help a patient into an ambulance during a heatwave in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Monday, July 18, 2022.

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Firefighters take position as smoke rises from a forest fire near Louchats in the Gironde region of southwestern France

Firefighters take position as smoke rises from a wildfire near Louchats as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France on July 18 2022.

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Firefighters operate at the site of a forest fire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain

Firefighters operate at the site of a forest fire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain, June 18, 2022.

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Firefighters respond to a wildfire which broke out in the woods of Lickey Hills Country Park on the outskirts of Birmingham, England

Firefighters respond to a large wildfire which broke out in the woods of Lickey Hills Country Park on the outskirts of Birmingham.

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A helicopter operates during a forest fire in Cebreros in Avila, Spain

A helicopter works during a forest fire in Cebreros on July 18, 2022 in Avila, Spain.

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Firefighters try to control a forest fire near Louchats in Gironde, south-west France

Firefighters try to control a forest fire near Louchats in Gironde, southwestern France, on July 17, 2022.

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Tourists watch the plume of black smoke over the Dune du Pilat from Cap Ferret due to a wildfire in a forest near La Teste in southwestern France

Tourists watch the plume of black smoke over the Dune du Pilat from Cap Ferret due to a wildfire in a forest near La Teste in southwestern France.

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A puddle in the middle of the almost dry Rhine bed in Cologne, western Germany

A photo taken on July 18, 2022 shows a puddle in the middle of the almost dry Rhine river bed in Cologne, western Germany, as many parts of Europe experience a heat wave.

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— CNBC’s Karen Gilchrist contributed to this article.


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