Sicily travel warning: Wildfires force evacuation of tourists and threaten heritage site

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, spread by strong winds and arid conditions. 

The blazes have forced residents and tourists to evacuate and caused severe public transport disruption. 

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 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

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