Forest fire tragedy in Portugal

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Burnt cars block a road in the Pedrogao Grande area, Portugal, 18 June 2017 (AP/Armando Franca)

A massive forest fire in central Portugal has claimed more than 60 lives and injured dozens of others with hot, windy conditions fanning the flames.

Many died in their vehicles trying to flee the blaze while others died from smoke inhalation.

Portugal has declared three days of mourning in what has been called the worst human tragedy in recent times.

More than 2,000 firefighters are on the scene with help coming from Spain and across Europe.

Officials believe lightning started the fire on Saturday in the mountainous area of Pedrogao Grande, northeast of Lisbon.

Welcome to the 30s Club

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Shepody Bay from Dorchester Beach, NB, 26 June 2016 (Dearing)


Greater Moncton reached a daytime high of 29.8 C today which is the warmest temperature so far in 2016.

Environment Canada reports at least nine other communities in New Brunswick reached 30 C or higher.

The hotspot was Bathurst at a sizzling 33.3 C.

The warm, windy conditions were not helpful for firefighters near Bouctouche battling a forest fire which was eventually brought under control.

Wet start to autumn

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

The autumnal equinox officially arrived in New Brunswick today at 5:44 pm ADT.

It was a warm and windy day in Greater Moncton with a high of 25.9°C – the warmest daytime high so far this September!

Forecasters are calling for a wet start to the fall season in Atlantic Canada thanks to the merger of two low pressure systems (see above).