Climax of heatwave in Spain and tens of thousands burnt acres of forest land in Portugal: the Iberian Peninsula, at the forefront of Climate Change, is on alert and it is likely that new high temperature records will be recorded.

This heat episode, his third summerwill arrive today at climax of in Spain, with temperatures that can reach them 44°C in some areas, according to Spain’s meteorological agency (Aemet), which announced that the heat wave will end on Friday, and not tomorrow, as originally predicted.

“The average temperature recorded today will likely be a record for August 9 since 1950. It will be one of the five warmest days for August in the last 73 years,” Aemet predicts.

Eleven provinces are on red alert, synonymous with extreme danger: three in Andalusia, two in the Madrid region, two in Castilla-La Mancha, three in the Basque Country and one in Castilla-e-Leon.

In Portugal, heat and wind favor the expansion of the fires, which have already burned 150,000 acres in recent days.

The Odemira fire in southern Portugal, which has already destroyed 100,000 hectares, according to the latest estimate from the Civil Protection Service, continues to burn for the fifth day in a row. A force of 1,100 firefighters and 11 firefighting aircraft are trying to bring the fire under control, which has forced the evacuation of areas.

THE fire Department service hopes for an improvement later today, after more favorable weather conditions prevail, with an increase in humidity and a drop in temperatures, mainly in coastal areas, where they are expected to fall below 30°C.

Dozens of Spanish firefighters are struggling to control the fire in Extremadura, a region of Spain neighboring Portugal, with the help of ten firefighting aircraft. Local authorities said her progress today is favorable.

According to the first report, an area of ​​3,500 hectares has been destroyed by this fire that occurred in the community of Valencia de Alcantara. It is the third largest forest fire in recent days in Spain after the fire that burned 5,730 in Portbuu, Catalonia and the fire in Bonares, Andalusia that destroyed 4,500 hectares of forest land.