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Red Alert Fire Warnings Issued Across The Balearic Islands Amid Extreme Heatwave

Fire warnings have been issued across the Balearic Islands as temperatures reached above 40°C (104°F) this week.

Temperatures on the Balearic Islands- which include Ibiza, Majorca, and Menorca- skyrocketed this week, triggering Red Alert fire warnings across the region.

Much of the islands contain thick expanses of dry wooded areas that could easily ignite and spread fast-moving fires throughout the area.

Firefighters told the Majorca Daily Bulletin the forest regions have become like a “tinderbox.”

These warnings follow a devastating heatwave across Europe which led to a violent wildfire in Greece, forcing the evacuation of 19,000 people from Rhodes – the largest fire-related evacuation ever recorded in the country.

The current heatwave is a perfect storm of fire conditions, with high nighttime temperatures above 22°C (around 71°F) and low humidity below 10-20%.

The ongoing heatwave across Europe is partially driven by the Atlantic Ocean heatwave, where above-average ocean temperatures increase the temperature of air masses, creating pressure systems that trap hot air on land.

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Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact.

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