Forest fires in Portugal leave 29 people hurt as soaring temperatures prompt warnings

July 10, 2022, 05:07 | Updated pick 10 July 2022, 08:02

29 people have been injured in forest fires in Portugal, where temperatures are expected to rise to 45C (113F) since Tuesday.

The country recorded 125 fires on Saturday, the highest number in a single day this year, and 1,500 firefighters have so far fought three major fires.

The Portuguese government has declared a state of emergency across the country from Monday to Friday, July 15.

Extreme temperatures are expected next week.

As of Tuesday, the Portuguese Meteorological Agency is forecasting temperatures of up to 45C (113F) in the region between Allentejo – Lisbon and Algarov – and the rest of the country will expect high temperatures of 30Cs and low 40Cs.

The agency added that there will be winds of up to 40 miles per hour in various regions.

Many parts of Western Europe have been hit by unprecedented temperatures over the past month, with fires raging in countries such as Spain and experts linking the unusually hot summer to Europe to climate change.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Susa has canceled his trip to the United Nations in New York next week.

A few small villages in Portugal were evacuated on Saturday, with only a few houses damaged.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has taken to Twitter to urge people to refrain from using fire or heavy machinery.

Portugal has experienced a number of forest fires over the past few years.

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