Wildfires and heatwaves plague Europe; mercury at record levels kills 7

Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least seven people. In the worst-hit Gard region, where France’s highest-ever temperature was registered on Friday at 45.

9 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit), scores of overnight fires burned some 550 hectares (about 1,360 acres) of land and destroyed several houses and vehicles. “We came very close to a disaster,” Didier Lauga,.

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