After deadly heatwaves in the Americas, floods in Europe and China, and fires in Siberia, the scenes of destruction in Turkey add to concerns about the growing aggressiveness of extreme weather in a climate-disrupted world.
The heat intensity of wildfires in Turkey on Thursday was four times higher than anything on record for the nation, according to satellite data passed on to the Guardian.
At least four people were killed by blazes that swept through the tourist regions of Antalya and Muğla, forcing thousands of holidaymakers to be evacuated from their hotels by a flotilla of boats.
Conditions there and at the sites of dozens of other blazes throughout the country were tinder dry. Turkey’s 60-year temperature record had been broken the previous week when Cizre, a town in the south-east, registered 49.1C.
Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 20 locations in six provinces in Turkey's Mediterranean and southern Aegean region, said Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli.
More than 60 wildfires have broken out across 17 provinces on Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts this week, but most have since been extinguished.
"We were hoping to contain some of the fires as of this morning but while we say cautiously that they are improving, we still cannot say they are under control," said Pakdemirli.
A further 15 neighborhoods and 2,300 structures were also affected.
Fires began to spread around Manavgat blown by strong winds in hot weather, causing the emptying of the southern city of Adana and the coastal city Mersin.
One person was also found dead on Thursday in Mugla's Marmaris area, 290 kilometers west of Manavgat. The blaze was continuing in Marmaris but residential areas were not at risk, the government said.
Erdogan said at least five planes, 45 helicopters, drones, and 1,080 firefighting vehicles were involved in firefighting efforts at 1,140 sites.
Azerbaijan has announced that it is sending hundreds of emergency responders to help with the effort, alongside helicopters and specialist equipment.
Russia and Ukraine have also sent planes to help tackle the fires from the skies, with neighboring Greece offering its assistance.
Istanbul governor's office banned entry to forest areas until the end of August as a precaution against fires.