We are, once again, seeing how the effects of the climate crisis are being felt across the world. Wildfires in Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Hawai'i have caused widespread destruction. Extreme weather patterns are no longer an anomaly, meaning travellers are left with the vital question – should we be travelling to wildfire-stricken regions?
In Greece, sweltering temperatures of over 45°C, drought and high winds have led to wildfires in southern regions and the Mediterranean islands. As holidaymakers scrambled onto flights safely returning to the UK, local people living on Rhodes and Corfu have had to deal with the devastating aftermath – the loss of homes, businesses and livelihoods. Thankfully, the situation eased with the country's 'high alert' status being lowered and raised as needed. Still, several parts of the country, including Alexandroupoli and Athens, remain vigilant as temperatures threaten to rise again. “The climate crisis is already here,” Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, told the Greek parliament. “It will manifest itself everywhere in the Mediterranean with greater disasters.”
Alentejo and the Algarve in southwest Portugal have also suffered wildfires, with the summer heat hitting a staggering 46°C. Although the temperature has slightly lowered since then, the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) has kept in place an 'increased risk of rural fire' warning across the region.