Flames burn on the mountain near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece.⁠

Thousands of people fled their homes north of Athens as the wildfire broke out of the forest and reached residential areas. The hurried evacuations took place as Greece grappled with its worst heat wave in decades.⁠

The extreme heat, described by authorities as the worst in Greece since 1987, has strained the national power supply and fueled the wildfires.⁠

As the heat wave scorching the eastern Mediterranean intensified, temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) in parts of the Greek capital. ⁠

The extreme weather has fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey and blazes in Italy, Greece, Albania and across the region.⁠

THE NEW YORK TIMES / Michael Pappa⁠s.