Temperatures to top 47C in Portugal today as heatwave scorches Europe

Temperatures to top 47C in Portugal today as heatwave scorches Europe

Temperatures to top 47C in Portugal today as heatwave scorches Europe

Hot air from Africa is bringing a new heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) in some southern areas.

Temperatures in Spain and Portugal soared to near record highs on Friday as part of Europe's heatwave and governments put emergency services on alert for forest fires.

Forecaster of the edition declared that "a risky, potentially record-breaking heat wave" in the Iberian Peninsula can reach "the upper values of 40 degrees (40 to 50 - ed.)".

Meteogroup said there was a 40% chance of equalling the 48C record from Athens - and "a 25-30% chance that we will break the European temperature record".

Temperatures will need to climb significantly if they are to come close to England's current August record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in 2003.

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond added: 'The intensity and duration of the heat in Spain and Portugal will likely have impacts on tourists, who may not be acclimatised to such high temperatures'.

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In Spain, heat warnings have been issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces.

The news arrives on the heels of a heatwave which has hit all over Europe and the United Kingdom, with exceedingly high temperatures expected across the continent for the coming week.

As Europe bakes in another heatwave, forecasters say the all-time temperature record could be broken in the coming days.

Temperatures are being driven higher by a hot air mass moving northward from Africa.

Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday.

The record in both Spain and Portugal is just over 47C.

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Large areas of Portugal are on red alert for heat, including the capital, Lisbon.

Supermarket chain Morrisons has begun selling "wonky" flowers that have not developed properly because of the hot, dry weather. Highs of 44 degrees Celsius are forecast for most of Spain.

Neighbouring Portugal has been described as "Hot as Hell" as temperatures have risen to 46 degrees this afternoon.

"The result of the hot summer will be a very big loss of snow and ice in the mountains", Professor of Geography Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist is quoted by the university as saying.

He said: "After a fresher weekend we are going to see a return to the hot weather, we expect temperatures back into the low-30Cs by Friday".

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