2018: Forest fires in Europe

Right now, in the middle of the winter, we have almost forgotten how extremely dry and hot the summer in Europe was. In July more than 74 people died in a single fire in Greece. Heat waves caused forest fires from Spain to Norway and from Greece to Latvia.

The number of forest fires in Sweden may be exemplary: At the end of July 2018, around 80 forest fires raged in Sweden and a total of 30,000 hectares were burned. That was twice as much as the record year 2014, more than 10 times as much as normal and the most extensive since the 19th century. Summer temperatures in Sweden typically hit the low 20s; in the summer of 2018 there was a heat wave with temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius.

In contrast to the actual situation last summer, a European research agency (the Joint Research Center) predicts an increase in forest fires in the Mediterranean region, but not in Scandinavia.