Irish tourists evacuated during Portugal heatwave wildfires 1 month ago

Irish tourists evacuated during Portugal heatwave wildfires

Wildfires have broken out in parts of Portugal and Spain.

As the European heatwave brings wildfires, some Irish tourists have been evacuated from a holiday spot in Portugal.

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According to the Irish Independent, Irish tourists staying in the Quinta do Lago have been removed as a precaution due to nearby wildfires.

A statement from the resort, which is owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, reads: "Following the fire situation in Quinta do Lago, the management of the Quinta do Lago Group would like to reassure all its residents that it is closely monitoring the situation with the competent authorities that are acting onsite.

"Some of the most critical areas close to the fire have been evacuated, as a precaution. We have also decided to close our golf courses, sports facilities and our outlets to ensure the wellbeing of our residents and guests.

"We would also like to appeal to the entire community to remain calm, keep updated as local authorities are working hard on the ground. Keep safe."

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The European heatwave has seen parts of Europe sizzle, bringing with it significant health risks, as well as the risk of wildfires, which have broken out in western Spain along the Portuguese border.

The Spanish heatwave is set to peak today, after the Andalusian city of Almonte recorded 45.6 degrees yesterday. Seville and Cordoba saw highs of 44 degrees.

As RTÉ reports, wildfires have broken out in the Iberian Peninsula and in France, and the Spanish government issued a weather warning yesterday due to the "suffocating" heat.

Spanish residents have been urged to drink plenty of fluids, to stay in the shade or in air-conditioned rooms.

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Warm weather will hit Ireland this weekend, with highs of 20 to 25 degrees expected on Saturday, while Sunday will see the mercury reaching up to 27 degrees.

According to Met Éireann, Monday could see highs of 30 or 31 degrees in parts.