Forest fires continue to rage though southern Europe and have now hit Spain’s Canary Islands. In Macedonia, firefighters facing dozens of blazes were assisted by Spain, Slovenia and Turkey which sent in extra helicopters to help combat the flames. Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia have also appealed for international help.

In Greece, authorities said the wildfires were being brought under control in the Achaia region, but three elderly people who refused to leave their homes had perished.

Weather forecasters said the heatwave which had hit the country was over with a return to seasonal temperatures.

Italy – which had declared a state of emergency on Friday – also reported an improvement.

In many cases, arson is believed to be the cause of the fires in a bid to clear land for development projects.

At least 10 suspected arsonists have been arrested in Italy in recent days.