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Berlin At the start of the week, emergency services in many holiday countries are also battling the flames. From California to Spain to Greece, droughts sometimes have dire consequences.

There is no end in sight to the fires in Greece. On Monday, the fire brigade issued the second-highest warning level for parts of central Greece – the risks of wildfires there are considered “too high”. The capital city of Athens and the surrounding area as well as the island of Euboea were affected. But the risk is also “high” in the rest of the country. Last week, firefighting teams registered more than 100 sources of fire each day. According to meteorologists, the drought continues, and temperatures should remain very high and rise locally up to 40 degrees. In some areas there are also strong winds, which leads to a fire – for example on the island of Lesbos, where villages in the southern part of the island were evacuated at the weekend. The Kathimerini daily reported that thousands of hectares of land had already been burned there.

The situation in Spain has calmed down, but the series of wildfires continues. A fire in Tenerife was particularly worrying. On Sunday afternoon, regional president Angel Victor Torres said that the flames have so far destroyed more than 24 square kilometers on the famous Canary Island. In the affected area north of the island, nearly 600 residents of La Guancha and four other communities were rescued on Saturday. 2022 is already the most devastating year of wildfires in Spain since records began.

Although a particularly long and severe heat wave ended a few days ago, extremely high temperatures still plague Spaniards and tourists in the country. In Andalusia, southern Spain, up to 44 degrees were recorded on Sunday, in Mallorca, the mercury column rose to 37 degrees. And on Monday, temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees in the center and north-east of the island, which is very popular with Germans. In Ballerman in Playa de Palma the temperature should be “only” 34 degrees.

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Meanwhile, there is a whole section of fires on France’s Atlantic coast: the fire at La Teste-de-Buch is considered to have been extinguished. All residents were allowed to go home at the end of the week, according to the responsible county. On the other hand, the fire in Landeras is under control. However, there are still about 30 active sources of fire and there is a risk that the fires will break out again, she said.

Across the Atlantic in the US, a rapidly spreading fire in California is also threatening the famous US Yosemite National Park. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the affected area. The so-called “Oak Fire”, which erupted over an area of ​​more than 63 square kilometers, destroyed ten buildings and damaged five others, the relevant authority Cal Fire announced. It is noteworthy that nearly 2,700 homes are threatened by the fire that broke out on Friday afternoon for reasons that are still unknown.

In Germany too, emergency services are deployed frequently these days due to fires. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), there is still no widespread rain. Showers and thunderstorms expected to come from the northwest on Tuesday evening will not change that. Before that, it will be hot again in large parts of Germany: DWD is forecasting temperatures between 31 and 36 degrees on Monday. The weather will be cooler on Tuesday. For the rest of the week, DWD expects warm summer weather.