Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

Temperatures as high as 32C (90F) are possible around London on Monday and Tuesday.

The mercury hit an eye-watering 46.6C (115.9F) in the Spanish town of El Granado at 4pm on Saturday, falling just 0.3C (32.5F) shy of a national high and 1.4C (34.5F) away from a continental record.

Friday is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, with temperatures reaching as high as 35ºC in the South.

In neighboring Finland, a supermarket came up with a novel way of escaping the heat. This level of alert considers the climate to be unsafe and potentially life threatening. That could push them above Europe's record high of 48C, set in Athens in 1977.

Fawkes explained that an area of low pressure next to Morocco will stop the cool Atlantic air from reaching Spain and Portugal, instead causing the already heated air from France to remain.

The Portuguese record is 47.4ºC in 2013.

But, the Met Office are warning holidaymakers to take care in these countries as they could be met with record-breaking temperatures.

The mercury fell to more typical summer temperatures of around 20-25 C, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute said.

People crowds La Concha beach in the basque city of San Sebastian northern Spain Friday Aug. 3 2018
People crowds La Concha beach in the basque city of San Sebastian northern Spain Friday Aug. 3 2018

The strong heat of the Iberian peninsula has been repeated in other parts of Europe.

Kebnekaise's south peak shrank by four meters (about 13 feet) between July 2 and July 31, as snow and ice melted by an average of 14 centimeters (about 5½ inches) a day. Scientists monitoring the decline say the glacier will lose its title of the highest point to the mountain's northern tip.

Norway's road service has asked motorists to watch out for reindeer and sheep that may be sheltering from the heat in tunnels.

Tore Lysberg of the administration told AFP news agency that "the animals retreat to colder places; both reindeer and sheep find refuge in tunnels and shaded areas".

Temperatures reached 44C in the southern city of Cordoba. Dozens of people were killed in two major forest fires a year ago. In Sweden, there were also dozens of fires.

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".

She added heatwaves will likely occur every two years because of the impact of climate change.

A large plume of roasting hot air has set in motion another heatwave, not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe, paving the way for warm weather through the rest of summer.

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