It is the second heatwave engulfing parts of southwest Europe in weeks as scientists blame climate change and predict more frequent and intense episodes of extreme weather.
Further evacuation orders were given on Saturday for a few hundred residents, firefighter spokesman Arnaud Mendousse told AFP.
France late on Saturday placed 22 more departments, mainly down its Atlantic seaboard, on high orange alert, taking the current total to 38.
In Portugal, the meteorological institute forecast temperatures of up to 42C with no respite before next week.
Several hundred firefighters worked to contain two wildfires in the Bordeaux region of southwest France that have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people and ravaged more than 7,000 hectares of land. Source: AAP / AP
The civil defence, however, took advantage of a slight drop in temperatures after a July record of 47C on Thursday to try to stamp out one remaining major fire in Portugal’s north.
Dozens of forest fires were raging on Saturday in different parts of the country from the sweltering south to Galicia in the far northwest, which saw blazes lay waste to some 3,500 hectares, the regional government said.
The fires have scorched thousands of hectares in the Spanish region of Extremadura, while one near the southern city of Malaga forced the preventive evacuation of more than 3,000 people, rescue services said.
A firefighter works to contain a wildfire near Landiras, southwestern France, on 16 July 2022 . Strong winds and hot, dry weather are frustrating French firefighters’ efforts to contain a huge wildfirein the Bordeaux region. Source: AAP / SDIS 33
In Greece, the civil defence rushed to douse flames raging on the Mediterranean island of Crete, while Morocco was battling a deadly forest fire in its northern mountains.
Mayor Sadiq Khan advised Londoners to use public transport only if “absolutely necessary”. National train operators also warned passengers to avoid travel.
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