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Heat wave to pose fire risk

Cedar trees are seen in the Chouf forest, Lebanon.(Mahmoud Kheir/File/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: A heat wave later in the week will raise the risk of forest fire, forecasters warned Monday, with temperatures expected to soar into the 30s.

Michel Frem, head of the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, told The Daily Star the hot weather will start Thursday and is set to reach its peak May 21-24 with temperatures along the coast hitting 32C-33C.

The fire warning was issued due to the unexceptional high temperatures at this time of year combined with a record drought over the winter, despite last week's heavy rain.

As of last Friday, Beirut had received 463 mm of precipitation, just over half last year’s amount (906 mm) and far below the yearly average of 815 mm.

 

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