Europe braces for 48 hours of Saharan Bubble heatwave ****

Mail Online | 6/21/2003 | Nick Enoch;Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
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Farm animals have been killed in an 'out of control' wildfire in Spain while blazes have also broken out in Greece and Germany as Europe suffers through a Saharan Bubble heatwave.

Soldiers have been called in to help tackle the raging forest fire in Catalonia which is devouring land across Torre del Espanol as Spain roasts in 109F (43) heat.

Officials - Fire - Winds - Temperatures - Hectares

But officials admit the fire - fanned by strong winds and soaring temperatures - is 'getting bigger' and warned it could eventually destroy 20,000 hectares in what presented an 'extreme risk.'

Dozens have already been evacuated, water-dropping aircraft are helping emergency crews on the ground and distressing images show farm animals lying dead after being caught up in the blaze. The region's interior minister Miquel Buch said the fire may have been caused by 'an accumulation of manure in a farm that generated enough heat to explode and generate sparks.'

Europe - Grip - Heatwave - Bank - Air

Sweltering Europe is in the grip of an 'unprecedented' heatwave caused by a bank of hot air pushing up from Africa with temperatures set to top 113F on Friday. On Wednesday Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever June temperatures.

Firefighters in Greece are battling to contain a blaze near an arms factory just 30 miles from Athens with the fire already having forced the evacuation of a small refugee camp. Wildfires are common during Greece's hot, arid summers and last year, 101 people died after a blaze swept through a seaside resort east of the capital.

Italy - Homeless - Man - Heatwave - Week

In Italy, a homeless man was found dead after falling ill due to the heatwave while three have been killed this week in the south of France from suspected cold shock after jumping into the sea. Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg, authorities have all banned the most-polluting cars from the roads amid pollution fears.

Meanwhile, thousands...
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