The clubbing hotspots of Ibiza and the Balearic Islands have been placed on “red alert” for wildfires following weeks of scorching temperatures.
As a heatwave continues to sweep across Europe, some areas of Spain have seen highs above 40°C. The nation’s meteorological agency AEMET has placed the southern and eastern tip of Majorca at “extreme” risk of wildfires, near to the popular resorts of Magaluf, Palmanova, and Santa Ponsa.
Other Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Menorca, are on “high” risk alert after weeks of blistering weather turned the island’s woodland areas into a “tinder box,” according to local firefighters. Speaking to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, they added that they are well equipped to tackle any blazes that break out.
Earlier this year, the UK Foreign Office warned against the heightened risk of forest fires due to the “exceptionally high temperatures” in Spain, urging holidaymakers to check with their travel provider before travelling and to follow the advice of local authorities “at all times.”
The warnings come amid ongoing wildfires across Europe in recent weeks, with British tourists describing “a living nightmare” after wildfires caused an emergency evacuation of 19,000 people from the Greek Island of Rhodes earlier this month.