Posted BY: Billy | NwoReport

Southwest Europe baked under sweltering temperatures on Friday for a fifth day, with the heat sparking devastating wildfires, forcing the evacuations of thousands and ruining holidays.

Armies of firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain as Britain braced for ‘extreme heat’ in coming days and even Irish forecasters predicted a taste of blistering Mediterranean-style summer temperatures.

As French President Emmanuel Macron vowed authorities would do everything to mobilise resources to fight the fallout, the Bordeaux public prosecutor indicated a ‘criminal’ origin was its main line of inquiry for at least one fire near the southwestern city.

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The furnace engulfing swathes of southwest Europe is the second in weeks, with scientists blaming climate change and predicting more frequent and intense episodes of extreme weather.

In Portugal, five regions in the centre and north – where temperatures hit a July record 47 Celsius on Thursday before dropping back – were on red alert again Friday as more than 2,000 firefighters tackled four major blazes.

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