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Explainer: Why Europe is melting under extreme heat

Scientists’ modelling is proving correct as high pressure sends mercury soaring, writes Caroline O’Doherty

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A worker runs away when a forest fire that has hit the lumber factory where he works on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius (Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

A worker runs away when a forest fire that has hit the lumber factory where he works on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius (Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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A queue for ice-cream outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London. The city could see temperatures climb to 40C next Monday. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A queue for ice-cream outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London. The city could see temperatures climb to 40C next Monday. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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A resident tries puts out a fire with a tree branch in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

A resident tries puts out a fire with a tree branch in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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An office worker carries a large fan through Westminster, central London (PA)

An office worker carries a large fan through Westminster, central London (PA)

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A worker runs away when a forest fire that has hit the lumber factory where he works on July 13, 2022 in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal. Wildfires have swept across the central part of the country amid temperatures exceeding 40 degrees celsius (Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

To escape the heatwave in Portugal, residents and visitors had few options, and one involved scaling the peak of the Portuguese equivalent of Ireland’s Carrauntoohil.

The Foia mountain is, at 900 metres, just a little below Ireland’s highest peak. It is also one of only three areas in Portugal that avoided temperatures of more than 30C in recent days.


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