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Cape fires and cold Turkey
14 January 2019

Cape fires - released 11/01/2019 - copyright contains modified Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA ©
Cold Turkey - released 10/01/2019 - copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 ESA©

This Copernicus Sentinel-2B image shows blazes near Cape Town. South Africa's Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry hot summer months. The image from 6 January shown here indicates several blazes around the Kogelberg Nature Reserve to the east of Cape Town. Smoke from the fires can also be seen blowing across False Bay towards the Cape Peninsula in the extreme southwest of South Africa.

To go to the other extreme, more than 5000 statute miles to the north a cold snap has reached Turkey as shown in this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image from 9 January. The snow, which started falling in Turkey on 6 January, has led to villages in remote areas being cut off and the authorities having to close offices and schools.


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