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In pictures: Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave

A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe, with firefighters battling blazes in Portugal, Spain, Croatia and southern France on Wednesday amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change. The European heat wave is also sparking flames in Spain and France — and in Turkey at the other end of the Mediterranean.

July 14, 2022
14 July 2022
ALBERGARIA A VELHA, PORTUGAL – JULY 13: A resident tries puts out a fire with a tree branch as his sees the forest lands surrounding his home burning on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
ALBERGARIA A VELHA, PORTUGAL – JULY 13: Residents react and try to fight the fire as they see the forest lands around their houses burning on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
ALBERGARIA A VELHA, PORTUGAL – JULY 13: Residents react and try to fight the fire as they see the forest lands around their houses burning on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
ALBERGARIA A VELHA, PORTUGAL – JULY 13: A worker runs away when a forest fire that has hit the lumber factory where he works on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 11: A heat haze shimmers over Crosby Beach as people relax in the warm weather on July 11, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Britain will experience a heatwave this week as temperatures in some parts are expected to reach 30c. A level 2 heat health wave has been issued of the south and eastenr parts of England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 11: People relax in the warm weather on Crosby Beach on July 11, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Britain will experience a heatwave this week as temperatures in some parts are expected to reach 30c. A level 2 heat health wave has been issued of the south and eastenr parts of England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
EYNSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 12: Families cool off in the River Darent on July 12, 2022 in Eynsford, United Kingdom. Britain will experience a heatwave this week as temperatures in some parts are expected to exceed 30c. A level 2 heat health alert has been issued of the south and eastern parts of England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: People sunbathe on Primrose Hill on July 10, 2022 in London, England. Weather forecasts have predicted a heatwave across much of the UK. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 11: People enjoy the hot weather outside their homes on July 11, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Britain will experience a heatwave this week as temperatures in some parts are expected to reach 30c. A level 2 heat health wave has been issued of the south and eastenr parts of England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 18: People cool off in fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower as temperatures in the city soar towards 40°C in what is expected to be a new record for the hottest June day in the city on June 18, 2022 in Paris, France. Outdoor public events across France have been cancelled as countries across Europe face high temperatures caused by the mass of hot air moving from north Africa, causing health risks as well as wild fires and energy shortages. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 18: People cool off in fountains at the Trocadéro in Paris as temperatures in the city soar towards 40°C in what is expected to be a new record for the hottest June day in the city on June 18, 2022 in Paris, France. Outdoor public events across France have been cancelled as countries across Europe face high temperatures caused by the mass of hot air moving from north Africa, causing health risks as well as wild fires and energy shortages. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 18: Parisians sit by the River Seine after a day of soaring temperatures of close to 40°C in what is expected to be a new record for the hottest June day in the city on June 18, 2022 in Paris, France. Outdoor public events across France have been cancelled as countries across Europe face high temperatures caused by the mass of hot air moving from north Africa, causing health risks as well as wild fires and energy shortages. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)
A helicopter trying to extinguish a wildfire collects water from the Navacerrada reservoir, outskirts of Madrid, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. A heatwave, the second for Spain in less than a month and this year’s first for Portugal, is expected to last at least until the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Already high temperatures are climbing steadily, raising fears of triggering more uncontrollable wildfires. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
People visit the Rhone Glacier covered in blankets to protect it from the sun, above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The Alps oldest glacier is protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting. (Urs Flueeler/Keystone via AP)
Young surf students dive from a pier at Carcavelos Beach, outside Lisbon, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Portugal is experiencing a heatwave that led the government to declare a state of alert from Monday through Friday due to the heightened risk of forest fires. Temperatures are forecast to reach 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country by Wednesday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
People cool off in an urban beach at Madrid Rio park in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Weather forecasters say Spain is expected to have its second heat wave in less than a month and that it will will last at least until the weekend. Meteorologists said an overheated mass of air and warm African winds are driving temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula beyond their usual highs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
People cool off in an urban beach at Madrid Rio park in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Weather forecasters say Spain is expected to have its second heat wave in less than a month and that it will will last at least until the weekend. Meteorologists said an overheated mass of air and warm African winds are driving temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula beyond their usual highs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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