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

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

Temperatures will reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the south-central Alentejo region, according to the country's weather agency, IPMA.

If the weather forecast is confirmed, it would be the most significant heatwave in Europe in the last 41 years.

The World Meteorological Organization says continental Europe's record is 48 C (118.4 F) in Greece in 1977.

Spain has also issued warnings of extremely high temperatures for its southern areas.

Hot air blowing in from Africa is turning Europe's tourism season into a cookoff, a kind of relentless sauna bath that is melting Sweden's glaciers and ruining crops for farmers.

A spokesperson for the Weather Channel said: "Towards the weekend it will become hotter once more with drier and sunnier skies extending more widely across the British Isles, the best of which will be on Sunday".

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.

Holidaymakers heading off to Spain and Portugal next week are being warned about a heatwave which will bring unbearable temperatures to parts of Europe.

Last month, wildfires killed at least 91 people in Greece.

"Oh it's awful", said tourist Paul Snell.

Lisbon's temperature reached 43 degrees Celsius.

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

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

Offering a tiny glimmer of hope for heat sufferers, its long-range report for August, September and October, adds: 'The likelihood of above-average temperatures is greater than normal, but while the chances of below-average temperatures are considerably smaller, they remain a realistic possibility'.

A branch of the K-Supermarket chain in Helsinki's Pohjois-Haaga district has invited 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store on Saturday.

Tourists took shelter under umbrellas outside the Louvre Museum in Paris and ignored "No Bathing" signs to paddle in the fountains.

Abnormally high temperatures during these days are recorded in many European capitals.

July's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 22.6C from July 1-30, hotter than 1976's 21.6C, and the second-hottest since records began 108 years ago in 1910, behind only 2006's 23.2C.