Boy dies from heat exhaustion in Spain as the country fights forest fires and hisses the rest of Europe
France recorded the highest temperature of 112F (44.3C) on Friday, while the country and much of Europe basked in a heat wave in early summer.
The temperature was recorded in the southeastern town of Carpentras and beats the previous record for France of 111.4F (44.1C) recorded in Saint-Christol-les-Ales and Conqueyrac during the notorious August 2003 heat wave.
Meteo-France predictor Etienne Kapikian said it & # 39; very likely & # 39; was that the record would be defeated again on Friday, as it was relatively early in the day.
& # 39; (The temperature) will continue to rise and in some places we can pass 44 degrees Celsius, & # 39; he said.
The national weather service raised the warning level from orange to red for the departments of Herault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone. & # 39; All members of the public should be concerned, even if they are in good health & # 39 ;.
Much of southern France has been issued with the red warning – indicating a & # 39; dangerous weather phenomenon & # 39; – for the first time since the alert system was introduced in 2004.
France recorded the highest temperature of 112F (44.3C) on Friday, while the country and much of Europe basked in a heat wave in early summer. Pictured: girls wearing swimsuits are today along the Canal de l & # 39; Ourcq in Paris
The weather brought its first tragedy to Spain in the early hours, when a 17-year-old boy died of heat stroke.
The teenager felt dizzy as he helped harvest wheat in the southern region of Andalusia.
After a dip in a swimming pool to cool off, he collapsed with convulsions and was rushed to the Cordoba hospital where he later died, the regional government said.
Death came when the rest of Europe also faced a hissing heat on Friday, with forest fires in Spain continuing to fatten parts of Spain.
The temperature was recorded in the southeastern town of Carpentras and beats the previous record for France of 111.4F (44.1C) recorded in Saint-Christol-les-Ales and Conqueyrac during the notorious August 2003 heat wave. On the photo: people sail on the Canal de l & # 39; Ourcq, which is set up for a summer festival in Paris. A mini drags a caravan, followed by a skeleton on Friday
A woman is sitting on Friday along the Canal de l & # 39; Ourcq in Paris. The land is ready for record-breaking scorching heat
The nameless teenager, who came from the village of Castro del Rio in the province of Córdoba, famous for its olive oil, died at 1.25 am in the Reina Sofia hospital in Cordoba.
The regional Junta de Andalucia government said it regretted the death of the young person and sent its condolences to his family and friends for their loss & # 39; in a statement.
The death of an 80-year-old man in Valladolid, northern Spain, is also the fault of the heat.
The nameless teenager, who came from the village of Castro del Rio in the province of Córdoba, famous for his olive oil and furniture made from olive oil, died at 1.25 am in the Reina Sofia Hospital in Cordoba (photo)
He had gone to the dentist when he collapsed in the city center on Thursday around 6 p.m.
Police sources said they thought he had worn too many clothes for the 99F (37C) temperature at the time.
A 50-year-old who worked in the countryside was also admitted to the hospital in Murcia in Southeast Spain after becoming ill.
A dog jumps on the Canal de l & # 39; Ourcq in Paris on Friday. Schools spray children with water and nursing homes offer the elderly a solution with hydration sensors while France and other countries fight against a record heat wave that traps much of Europe
A man uses a hose along the Canal de l & # 39; Ourcq in Paris on Friday to irrigate the grass while sitting under the burning sun today
He was taken from a health center to the hospital and his condition has been described as serious and he is in intensive care.
The police and the Guardia Civil in Montuiri in Mallorca are also investigating whether the death of a 60-year-old Argentinian is the result of a heat wave.
The results of a post-mortem to be carried out on Thursday have not yet been released.
No fewer than 33 of the 50 Spanish provinces are confronted with extreme temperatures, which could reach 111F (44C) in Girona.
Governments warned citizens to take additional precautions, with the heat wave lasting a week, leading to increased pollution and fear of an increase in emergency calls throughout Europe.
Madrid was expected to see 106F (41C) heat on Friday, with Zaragoza baking in up to 109F (43C).
French meteorologists predict temperatures that can be higher than 113F (45C) on Friday – a high point never seen on mainland France (people cool themselves at a fountain opposite the Eiffel Tower on Thursday)
The country has issued red heat wave warnings for the first time, while southern regions brace themselves for the weather. Pictured: tourists and residents of Nice dress in a fountain
French winemakers, however, have welcomed the warmth by saying that the weather can produce a superior vintage.
The previous record temperature of France was established in August 2003 in the southern region of Montpellier and Nimes, when the thermometer hit 111F (44C).
Meteorologist Christelle Robert said: & # 39; It would be exceptional to beat this record so early in the year. & # 39;
81-year-old Suzette Allegre from Montpellier got up early to do the shopping and said: & # 39; Around 8 o'clock & # 39; in the morning the sun is already hot and you can smell the pollution. & # 39;
The area around Montpellier and the nearby city of Nimes was placed on Friday at the highest alken level, just like Marseille and Avignon.
A large part of southern France has been issued with a red warning – indicating a & # 39; dangerous weather phenomenon & # 39; – for the first time since the warning system was introduced in 2004. On the photo: a young boy holds a bucket while playing with water at a public fountain in Tours on Thursday
The average maximum temperature recorded in France on Wednesday of 95F (35C) was already a record for the month of June, said State Weather Forecaster Meteo France.
French President Emmanuel Macron warned that such extreme weather will become more likely due to global warming.
& # 39; We will have to change our design, our way of working, build differently & # 39 ;, he said and emphasized a necessary & # 39; adjustment of society and its habits & # 39;
The average maximum temperature recorded in France on Wednesday of 95F (35C) was already a record for the month of June, said State Weather Forecaster Meteo France. Pictured: Firefighters help a woman who suffers from the heat in Tours on Thursday
Is the heat in Europe in line with climate change?
This year is on track to become one of the most popular ever and that would make 2015-2019 the hottest five-year period ever, the World Meteorological Organization said on Friday.
It is too early to definitively attribute the current heat wave of Europe to climate change, but it is & # 39; absolutely consistent & # 39; with extremes related to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN agency.
& # 39; Heat waves will become more intense, they will be pulled out more, they will become more extreme, they will start earlier and they will end later, & # 39; WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said a briefing in Geneva.
& # 39; We're still not until the end of June, but it looks like the Earth will experience the five hottest years ever, so that's from 2015 to 2019 & # 39 ;, she said. From January to May, 2019 ranked as the third hottest year, she added.
G20 negotiators in Osaka, Japan are arguing over the formulation of a communiqué from the summit on combating climate change, with the United States trying to thin the language against European opposition, according to sources and concepts of the text.
French health minister Agnes Buzyn said on Thursday that people should be prepared for the heat wave peak and expressed the irritation that some did not seem to listen to advice.
She complained about parents leaving their children in the car and joggers training in the afternoon heat.
Schools spray children with water and nursing homes postpone the elderly with hydration sensors.
Centralized air conditioning is rare in France.
About 4,000 schools closed because they could not guarantee safe conditions, and local authorities canceled many carnival courses at the end of their school days.
Some criticized the government for going overboard, but the prime minister defended the efforts after 15,000 people died in a heat wave in 2003 that shook France awake for the risks.
The schools that remained open worked to keep children cool.
Primary school teachers from Victor Hugo in Colombes near Paris have left the stifling classrooms and keep children out all day, sprinkling them with water and organizing quiet activities in the shade.
& # 39; I let them go to the playground with books, in the shade, they have to stay put, they are regularly hydrated & said teacher Valerie Prevost.
& # 39; We tell them to moisten their caps, drink regularly.
& # 39; We have received reusable cups so that we have them drink regularly. & # 39;
France has also seen an increase in so-called street pooling, or illegally opening fire hydrants.
France-Info reported that a six-year-old child is in a life-threatening situation after being hit by water from a burst fire hydrant in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
The news is because Spain continues to fight against fierce forest fires caused by the extreme heat – with farm animals roasting alive.
Blazes also broke out in Greece and Germany, while Europe went through an & # 39; unprecedented & # 39; period of heat in June suffers.
On Wednesday, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest temperatures ever in June.
A large wildfire in northeastern Spain, which began in a pile of chicken manure, roared out of control for a third day on a Friday.
More than 600 firefighters and six seaplanes fought the eruption in the Catalonia region, as Spain is expected to withstand the peak of a recent heat wave, with temperatures expected to exceed 104F (40C).
Officials say that cooler night temperatures allowed crews to slow the advance of the fire, but the authorities say the biggest fire in the region in two decades and 20,000 hectares of hilly terrain is at risk.
Blazes also broke out in Greece (pictured, a man is sitting on the iconic installation & # 39; Umbrellas & # 39; by Greek sculptor, painter and architect George Zongolopoulos in Thessaloniki on Thursday) and Germany as Europe suffers from an & # 39; unprecedented & # 39; bewitch the heat of June
Fire researchers believe the fire started with the spontaneous burning of a pile of chicken manure at a livestock farm.
Chief Inspector Josep Antoni Mur told a press conference on Thursday that the stack became hotter as it fermented and then flames were blown into the surrounding vegetation, the Europa Press news agency reported.
Miquel Buch, the regional minister of the Interior, asked people to exercise extreme caution in wooded areas.
He says the fire brigade is at full power & # 39; and we cannot allow another wildfire to break out. & # 39;
The authorities were caring for more than 50 people evacuated from the previous day on Friday. They include residents of the city as well as people from Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and the United States, according to Europe Press.
Numerous local roads were closed.
About 350 firefighters who were supported by about 230 soldiers and 15 aircraft with aircraft tankers were at the site of the fire on Thursday.
But officials have admitted that the fire – fueled by strong winds and high temperatures – & # 39; bigger & # 39; and warned that it could eventually destroy 20,000 hectares in what an & # 39; extreme risk & # 39; yielded.
Helicopters drop water over a fire during a forest fire near Bovera, west of Tarragona, Spain. Officials said yesterday that the eruption, fueled by hot wind, & # 39; got out of control & # 39;
A forest fire in Spain raged out of control on Thursday amidst a heat wave throughout Europe, devouring country despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters who worked the night, local authorities said
Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers were fighting a wind-driven forest fire in Spain, amid a heat wave across Europe that brought temperatures in different countries to record levels
Flames rage close to a house in the middle of a fierce forest fire that ripped yesterday at La Torre de l & Espanyol in Tarragona, Spain
The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday it had destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), said Interior Minister Miquel Buch in the region.
A fireman is working on putting out a forest fire in Ziltendorf near Frankfurt an der Oder, in northeastern Germany, close to the border with Poland. Forest fires have broken out under the suffocating conditions in the country
A fireman tries to put out a fire near Flix because a forest fire got out of hand yesterday in the northeastern region of Catalonia
A burnt forest area in Tarragona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain. The fire started in the late evening in the area of Ribera d & # 39; Ebre and has burned at least 4000 hectares so far
& # 39; The situation is crucial & # 39 ;, said fire department chief Antonio Ramos. & # 39; We have not seen & # 39; n fire (in the region) in 20 years. & # 39;
Dozens have been evacuated, water-dropping aircraft helped emergency crew on the ground and disturbing images showed farm animals lying dead after being caught up in the blaze.
Interior Minister Miquel Buch said the fire may have been caused by & # 39; an accumulation of manure in a farm that produced enough heat to explode and generate sparks & # 39 ;.
The fires in Catalonia are among the worst it has seen in 20 years, the regional government said, adding that around 30 people had been evacuated from farms in the affected area. Two horses are depicted dead after the fires hit their farm
Malicious images show the bodies of a herd of sheep after their shed was hit by heavy forest fire in La Torre De L & Espanyol
An excavator was destroyed when a fire tore over a farm near the village of La Torre De L & Espanyol, in Tarragona, Catalonia
A farmer looks at burning trees at Flix. Photos show how dozens of farmyard animals were killed in forest fires
With temperatures expected to rise to 108F (41C) on Friday, Spain has issued a & # 39; red level & # 39; warning to the population.
Firefighters in Greece fought to keep a fire near an arms factory just 30 miles from Athens, while the fire had forced the evacuation of a small refugee camp.
Forest fires are common during the hot, dry summers of Greece and last year 101 people died after a fire in a seaside resort east of the capital.
Elsewhere, the Italian city of Milan saw a 72-year-old homeless man die at the central station after being sick by the heat wave, the local authorities said.
The Ministry of Health in Italy has meanwhile issued a maximum red warning for heat for six cities on Thursday and for 16 on Friday, Ansa reports. (Above, women drink water in front of the Duomo in the center of Milan on Wednesday)
When the Germans tried to cool down in the scorching temperatures, at least four people died on Wednesday in bathing incidents in different parts of the country.
Some parts of the country suffer from water shortages and some residents of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were told that they should only use drinking water for vital purposes or a fine of 1,000 euros (£ 1,021).
There has been no coordinated closure of schools, but some have been closed in parts of France, while others advised parents to keep children at home.
In Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg, the authorities have banned the most polluting cars from the road.
Residents of the French city of Grenoble were unable to use two municipal swimming pools despite the record temperatures, due to a line created by the use of the full Islamic burkini swimsuit.
Lifeguards had requested the closure after burkina & # 39; s dressed Muslim women went swimming in violation of a municipal ban.
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