Portugal breaks temperature records amid heatwave

Alicia Cross
August 5, 2018

Meteogroup also says there is a 40% chance the overall European temperature record of 118.4 (set in Athens in 1977) will be broken.

A building heat wave in Portugal and Spain threatens to topple national and all-time high temperature records in a continuation of a series of remarkable heat waves that have roasted the Northern Hemisphere this summer.

A record heatwave has been registered across Europe, including countries in the north. Temperatures in London, for example, are expected to rise to 33 degrees on Friday.

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

With temperatures set to hit at least 46C in Portugal and Spain this weekend, British holidaymakers have been flocking to water parks and embracing the siesta as local emergency services warned they have seen a surge in fainting tourists.

"The South and East will be hottest and it will be a warm weekend for most, although cooler in the North".

Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures and threatens to stick around for days to come.

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In Greece high winds fanned risky wildfires which killed more than 90 people. "I've been here in the summer but it has never been this hot". In Lisbon, temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Friday.

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

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.

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). EDF said the decision was made to avoid overheating the rivers.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Over the next few days there will be something of a north and south split - high pressure is already starting to build up in the south, bringing dry, fine and weather". In Sweden July was a record 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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