Greece is still suffering from an extreme heat wave and wildfires.

Greek media reported on Sunday that at least 16 people with respiratory problems had to be treated in hospitals in the Peloponnese.

Nearly 300 firefighters battled a forest fire on Sunday that has destroyed about 20 homes.

The fire broke out on Saturday near the city of Patras, about 210 kilometers west of the capital Athens.

The authorities, according to news agency

ANA,

stopped traffic on a highway in the area and the Rio-Antirrio Bridge over the Gulf of Corinth as a precaution.

Firefighters are assisted by fire-fighting planes and helicopters to extinguish the fire.

In Greece, temperatures have been measured above 40 degrees for days.

Greeks do not have to count on cooling for the time being.

Local temperatures are expected to be around 45 degrees on Sunday.

It also stays hot at night.

Especially in urban areas, the mercury sometimes does not drop below 30 degrees.

Meteorologists are already talking about a "historic heat wave".

Municipalities have opened air-conditioned buildings to people who want to escape their sweltering homes.

Authorities warn that the ongoing drought also continues to increase the risk of fires.

Greece is hit by wildfires every summer.

The Civil Defense says 58 fires have broken out in 24 hours.

In most cases, firefighters got the fire under control quickly.

See also: Forest fires lead to new evacuations in Greece, Italy and Turkey

Heavy forest fires also in Italy and Turkey

It is also very hot in the south of Italy and fires have broken out.

The island of Sicily in particular is suffering from wildfires, after Sardinia was also hit by a major forest fire a week ago.

On Friday evening, some 150 people who became trapped between the land and the sea near the city of Catania were evacuated by sea.

They were transferred by rubber dinghies to Coast Guard boats.

Six people have been killed in Turkey because of severe forest fires.

The death toll in the country from wildfires in southern areas near the Mediterranean Sea rose to six on Saturday after two loggers were killed.

The danger of new forest fires has not yet passed in Turkey.

Extreme heat is also expected here in the coming days with temperatures above 40 degrees.

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