Italy: Firefighters face more than 500 fires due to heat spike

Italy: Firefighters face more than 500 fires due to heat spike

The firefighters fought in the night from Wednesday to Thursday half a thousand outbreaks of the fires that ravage Italy and that this week they already caused four deaths.

“There have been 528 interventions in the last twelve hours, including 230 in Sicily, where the situation is currently under control,” firefighters said in a statement.

An anticyclone, aptly named Lucifer, is currently crossing the peninsula, causing the explosion of thermometers, in particular with a temperature of 48.8 degrees recorded on Wednesday in Sicily, which could correspond to a record in Europe.

Southern Europe is facing intense heat and severe fires this summer, a phenomenon that will intensify and worsen with climate change, according to scientists.

This heat wave, which should last a few days, favors fires, especially in southern regions such as Sicily and Calabria.

The charred body of a 79-year-old man was discovered near Reggio Calabria on Wednesday, and another 77-year-old man, also in Calabria, died trying to protect his herd from the flames, Italian news agencies said.

In Calabria, where firefighters carried out around 100 interventions during the night, the situation is particularly difficult near the cities of Reggio (facing the Strait of Messina in the extreme south), Catanzaro and Cosenza.

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