Palermo Airport in Sicily, Italy, closed until 11:00 due to fires nearby

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Yesterday evening, the airport authorities of Palermo, located in Sicily, Italy, shut down its activities until 11:00 (UTC +2) this morning after a fire reached the airport perimeter. 

Sirocco winds, a phenomenon that usually occurs in the fall and spring, have driven the fire closer to the airport.

At one moment yesterday evening, passengers couldn’t enter or leave the terminal building due to the fire and smoke spreading. Most of the traffic on the road is still suspended, and trains may experience delays or restrictions.

As a result, several flights got cancelled; affected passengers are advised to contact their airline of travel.

Yesterday, Palermo recorded its hottest day in city history since records began in 1790, hitting a stunning 47°C. Major damage to houses have been reported.

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