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Europe's record temperature could be broken as Portugal and Spain heat up

Europe's record temperature could be broken as Portugal and Spain heat up

The country's highest temperature on record is 47.4 C, from 2003.

Europe's weather warning group, Meteoalarm, has already issued red warnings - categorized as very risky and posing a risk to life - for much of southern Portugal and for the Badajoz province in Spain.

Forecasters have warned of potentially record-breaking temperatures in Spain and Portugal this week as much of Europe swelters in a heat wave that has left some farmers suffering drought conditions.

People cool themselves at the Trocadero Fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, July 27, 2018, as a heatwave continues across northern Europe.

The country is on alert to prevent a repeat of its worst fires in history a year ago when 114 people died.

Britain's long, hot summer has taken its toll on the country's flowers.

In Europe: Unprecedented heat led to a rare wildfire outbreak in Scandinavia, and record highs have been set all the way above the Arctic Circle. The dust gave the sky a dark yellow hue in some places.

It's hot in Spain and Portugal.

At least three people have died as a result of the extreme weather.

Although holidaymakers might normally expect heat in the mid-30 degrees Celsius in these countries, there is the potential for extreme temperatures - edging towards 50 degrees Celsius.

The Scandinavian country has over the past weeks had dozens of wildfires, mostly in central, western and northern Sweden, and foreign firefighters helped their Swedish colleagues.

If you're over in Spain right now or you're travelling there on vacay today, be sure to keep hydrated and in the shade, because unsafe highs of 118F/48C are expected in central areas of the country, with health warnings issued in 41 of the country's 50 provinces, according to the Daily Mail. Supermarket chain Morrisons has begun selling "wonky" flowers that have not developed properly.

The temperature surge is down to a mass of hot air moving from Africa, and has been referred to as the first heatwave in the region this year.

Although that temperature is far below the blazing heat hitting southern Europe, it's well above the Russian capital's average August maximum of 23 C (73 F).

Temperatures could soar even higher early next week, with highs of 32C (89.6F) possible around London on Monday and Tuesday.

Some places in Sweden have had their driest May-to-July period on record, according to its meteorological agency, and a number of weather stations have recorded only 10% to 15% of their normal rainfall.


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