UA wave of forest fires in the parched southwest of France has forced the evacuation of more than ten thousand people from their homes.
Most of France is sweltering in a heat wave made worse by a record drought.
Two firefighters have died while fighting the fire.
The worst wave of fires that has devastated France has already destroyed more than 50,000 hectares.
Since last Saturday, a forest fire has mobilized some 1,500 firefighters in the Serra da Estrela natural park, in central Portugal, about fifty kilometers from the border with Spain.
It has already burned 10,000 hectares of vegetation in this UNESCO-listed park.
The most recent report from the Nature and Forest Conservation Institute indicates that this year, only until July 31, the fires burned almost 59 thousand 58,354 hectares of forest in Portugal.
In Spain, forest fires continue to affect the province of Orense, with four fires still active.
Barely a month after suffering one of the worst waves of fires in its history, the Galician province returns to relive those days of fire with several active fronts that have burned more than 2,300 hectares so far, more than 22,000 hectares since the beginning of the summer.
47% of the EU territory is under drought alert, 17% under fire alert according to the European Union Drought Observatory.
Drought conditions affect around 60% of the EU and the UK, exacerbated by record heat driven by climate change across Europe this summer.
On Friday, August 12, a drought alert will be declared in the southwest of England, due to a new heat wave affecting large areas of the United Kingdom.
The Met Office on Thursday issued an amber extreme heat advisory through the end of the weekend, with temperatures already reaching 30 degrees by 1 p.m. in some parts of the country.
Firefighters responded Thursday to a grass fire on Canvey Island in Essex, an area not normally subject to extreme temperatures.