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Parts of Spain and Portugal braced for 47C heatwave

05 August 2018
Parts of Spain and Portugal braced for 47C heatwave

Temperatures in Spain and Portugal could rise to the high 40s this weekend as Europe's heatwave reaches "record breaking" proportions.

The Met Office has issued a "yellow" heat warning for the South East of England which will remain in place until 9am tomorrow morning, with high temperatures across the country.

Temperatures in Spain and Portugal soared to near record highs on Friday as part of Europe's heatwave and governments put emergency services on alert for forest fires.

In Portugal's southern Alentejo province, streets were largely deserted and some farmers chose to work during the night.

A man cools off in a public fountain at the Retiro park in Madrid, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

The country is on alert to prevent a repeat of its worst fires in history past year when 114 people died.

A boy jumps from a dock to the sea during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain.

Other parts of Europe have also been experiencing unusually hot, dry weather this summer, bringing drought conditions to some areas.

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

The current record was registered in July 1977 when the temperature in Athens was 48 degrees. Wildfires have raged in recent weeks even within the Arctic Circle as forests become tinderboxes.

The usual temperatures that are to be expected around this time of year is in the 30 degrees range, but the Guardian reports that it's set to be pushing 50 degrees this week.

'More of the hot air around Portugal is coming to Britain via the Bay of Biscay, with 30C at the weekend, Monday at 31C, and Tuesday having an upper temperature boundary of 34C'.

Spanish authorities issued a heatwave warning for most of central Spain, expected to last until Sunday with temperatures of over 42 degree Celsius in some parts of Andalusia and Extremadura. Supermarket chain Morrisons has begun selling "wonky" flowers that have not developed properly.

The torrid weather has been felt across Europe, as far north as Sweden and Britain, whose weather service said July was the country's third-warmest month in more than a century.

That wasn't the case for a wildfire in San Vicente de Alcantara in the southwest on the border with Portugal, where strong winds and high temperatures were fanning the flames, the regional environment and rural affairs department said.

The scorching temperature was measured just miles from popular holiday towns of Malaga and Almeria.