Fierce heatwave in western Europe leaves much of the continent wilting under a scorching Sun, smashing temperature records and feeding ferocious forest wildfires.
The heat wave began on Sunday and could "last nine or ten days, which would make it one of the three longest heat waves Spain has seen since 1975," Spain's meteorological agency AEMET says.
A state of emergency has been declared in regions of the densely-forested island east of Athens after the blaze broke out, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.
This June was the hottest on record, beating out June 2016 — so far the hottest year ever.
Heatwaves could become the new normal in Europe with risks to people and animals.
Sweltering temperatures kindled blazes that have whipped across the region as the Europe-wide heatwave sent the mercury above 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas of Portugal at the weekend.
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