Portugal breaks temperature records amid heatwave

Portugal breaks temperature records amid heatwave

Sixteen weather stations in Portugal registered record temperatures on Friday with Alcácer do Sal, near Setúbal, climbing to 45.9C (114.6F). It has led to two deaths from suspected heatstroke in Murcia, southern Spain.

As soon as Europe leans next heat wave, forecasters began talking about the possibility of establishing new temperature record in the coming days.

If you think it's been a bit too hot here spare a thought for the rest of Europe where temperatures are soaring to potentially record levels - as high as 48 celsius.

In Europe Meteoalarm weather group has already released a "red" alert - classified as a very hazardous and risky to life - for the greater part of southern Portugal and Badajoz in the West of Spain.

Iberia's heatwave, caused by hot air from North Africa, is the most severe since 2003.

Spain saw its hottest temperatures in July of previous year, with a high of 117.1F.

Italy has also issued red alerts across its centre and north, which includes the tourist hotspots of Rome, Florence and Venice.

In Greece, forest fires killed at least 90 people. "They include the head of the civil protection agency, the governor of Attica, the mayor of Marathon and the police and fire service", Antonis Foussas, the plaintiffs' lawyer said.

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With today set to be even hotter, residents and tourists are warned to be on their guard by carrying out any activities during the early hours of the day and avoiding sitting in parked cars.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 44 degrees (111 Fahrenheit) Thursday in the Portuguese city of Evora, 130 kilometers (81 miles) east of the capital of Lisbon, and in the Spanish province of Badajoz, across the border. The country went on high alert in an effort to prevent a repeat of the worst fires in history a year ago, which killed 114 people.

Parts of the Iberian peninsula are bracing themselves for a surge in temperatures amid warnings of the first heatwave of the year.

People enjoy warm weather on the banks of the river Danube in God, Hungary, August 3, 2018.

In Switzerland, mountain railways reported booming business as city dwellers fled to the Alps.

Met Office meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "Temperatures will increase by a couple of degrees day by day with highs in the upper 20Cs quite widely by Friday and into the low 30Cs in places at the weekend". In Sweden July was a record hot month and wildfires burnt in parts of the country.

Authorities on both sides of the Baltic Sea, in Sweden and Poland, have advised against swimming due to a huge bloom of heat-fuelled toxic algae.

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