DISCUSSION: Over the past 24 hours, there have been increasingly drier conditions in place across many parts of south-central Europe have been experiencing increasingly drier conditions across the region due to stronger northerly flow bringing in warmer and drier air from portions of east-central Europe. As a direct consequence of this warm/dry air advection, there was an increased threat for wildfires due to the combination of increased dry air advection into the region as well as strong northerly/northeasterly winds. As shown in the image above, one such wildfire erupted across parts of far southern Turkey. There is no question that this wildfire impacted the immediate area prior to having the smoke plume travel southeast by going out and over the far eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is also worth noting that such smoke plumes can also create natural hazards for both private and commercial aircraft since too much smoke can act to affect the efficiency of jet turbine functionality.
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