Europe Braces Itself For What Could Be 'Hottest Day Ever' Today

It could hit 48°C in Spain this week- Europe's hottest ever temperature

Portugal and Spain are sweltering under an intense wave of heat that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries.

The mercury is expected to hit the mid to late 40s in Spain and Portugal, and there could even be a new record breaking top temperature of 48C.

The IPMA says the highest temperature recorded Thursday was 45.2 degrees Celsius (113.4 Fahrenheit) near Abrantes, a town 150 kilometers (93miles) northeast of the capital, Lisbon.

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'.

Boiling heat will blow across Europe this week as the UK's hottest summer continues. According to him, temperatures in the Iberian peninsula may be higher than those recorded in the last 40 years.

But a wave of hot air from Africa is causing temperatures in Spain and Portugal to rise, and forecasters say that national records throughout the continent may be broken, the BBC reported.

Portugal's Civil Protection Agency has been sending mobile text alerts warning of extreme fire risk in some areas, as they seek to avert casualties.

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Seeking to prevent more deaths after 114 people were killed in two massive forest blazes a year ago in Portugal, civil protection sent mobile text alerts warning the population of an extreme risk of fires in some regions, including around the capital Lisbon.

Summer has brought drought and forest fires as far apart as Britain and Greece, where scores of people died, and Sweden warned of forest fires on Friday.

The record was set in July 1977 in Athens, Greece.

Authorities in both Portugal and Spain have issued health warnings, as what is being referred to as this year's first heatwave in the region approaches.

The power plants use water from the rivers to cool down their reactors, before sending the water back into the rivers. Rivers that are unusually warm can experience mass fish die-offs, which has happened in Germany in the past week.

Temperatures will push 30ºC in the South and it will remain dry, while the North and Scotland will be treated to the more balmy early 20s, with possible showers.

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.

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