Sicily travel warning: Wildfires force evacuation of tourists and transport disruption

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

Wildfires have been 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.

Catania Airport, where an accidental fire damaged a terminal building earlier this month, remains partially closed leading to fears of huge economic losses from tourism. 

It comes as Sicily swelters in soaring temperatures, creeping towards the European record that was reached

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