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From blankets on glaciers to ice lollies for pandas – Europe finds new ways to cope with blistering heat

Some of Europe’s oldest glaciers have been left exposed to the heatwave, which is blazing Europe.

The Rhone Glacier in Switzerland is one of many casualties of extreme temperatures that the continent has experienced over the last few days.

Firefighters battled wildfires in Portugal and Spain, as well as Turkey at the other side of the Mediterranean.

To help fight the worst of certain wildfires, water-dumping planes were created.


Tourists were evacuated from Gironde campsites, France. More than 2,700 ha have been burned so far. Temperatures are expected to surpass records in Portugal, Spain, and Spain.

Image: Bing Xing happy with his summer treat. Pic by Associated Press

Madrid Zoo’s giant panda Bing Xing enjoyed a watermelon ice lolly from keepers to keep him cool.

Bing Xing was a keen eater of frozen fruit on a stick, in addition to his 50kg daily intake of fresh bamboo.

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Image Grey seal receives a frozen fish treat

Predatory animals such as lions and seals were given ‘lollies’, which could be made of beef or fish depending on their diet. Zookeepers also spray animals with water.

Birds may’start dropping from the sky’ – All the UK weather updates

Image People grab pets after they flee a wildfire in Leiria (Portugal).
Image Man takes a cold bath on the roof of an apartment building in Madrid

Tourist-friendly Portugal’s southern Algarve area was closed to tourists by authorities. Smoke plumes rose from an area near the Quinta do Lago luxury resort, and it was blocked.

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Fearful fires erupt as Portugal’s temperature climbs to 46C

Police were forced to close a major motorway in Leiria (north of Lisbon) because of a similar fire.

Image A pharmacy thermostat shows the high temperatures in Nantes, France

Villagers who were not evacuated poured water on their roofs to cool them down and prevent them from setting themselves ablaze.

Image People relax on a Madrid urban beach

Nearly all of mainland Portugal are on red alert for extreme heat.

Image: Helicopters spray water on wildfires near Madrid. Pic by Associated Press

According to the World Meteorological Organisation, “human-caused climate changes” are causing droughts. A UN report also states that the number of wildfires will increase by 30% over the next 28 years.


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