2 July 2017 | 20:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Istanbul. Turkey was on Sunday sweltering in a weekend heatwave that caused record temperatures in much of the country and triggered forest fires in the Aegean region, reported AFP.
The southern resort city of Antalya, a magnet for foreign tourists, saw its highest temperature ever since records began, with the mercury hitting 45.4 degrees Celcius (114 Fahrenheit), the state-run Anadolu news agency said.
In Istanbul, temperatures rose as high as 39.2 C, just off the highest-ever temperature in recorded history, the Hurriyet daily said.
Across the city, streets were empty as people sought shelter from the heat, with many taking a dip in the Bosphorus to cool down.
Record temperatures were also recorded on the Aegean coast.
Some 500 hectares of forest were on fire in the Menderes district of Izmir province, with nine helicopters and four planes seeking to douse the flames, local officials said.
A fire-fighting helicopter crashed into a dam while picking up
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