Sicily travel warning: Wildfires force evacuation of tourists and temporarily close Palermo airport

The heatwave that has been scorching southern Europe has increased the risk of fires and heat-related deaths in Italy.

Wildfires are raging across the Italian island of Sicily causing evacuations and airport closures.

Palermo Airport, which services the island’s capital, was forced to close early on Tuesday morning after fires broke out nearby.

The airport has now partially reopened, but fires continue to burn in other areas of the island, including in the famed archaeological park of Segesta.

It comes as Sicily swelters in soaring temperatures, creeping towards the European record that was reached two years ago on the island.

Catania, a city on the east coast, registered 47.6 C on Monday

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