Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Warning as extreme heatwave expected across Europe

Warning as extreme heatwave expected across Europe

According to Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Portugal is 117.3°F, or 47.4°C, set in August 2003.

"Lisbon will be one of the hottest cities in the world this weekend because it's 10 in the morning right now and the weather is already way too hot", said Ana Pascoal, 56, a cleaner at a high-end restaurant.

Portugal's weather agency says eight places in the center, south and east of the country have broken their local temperature records amid a heatwave.

Amid a scorching-hot summer spanning nearly all of the northern hemisphere, Portugal and Spain are preparing for temperatures that could break not only the national record - but a record for the entire continent.

In Greece, forest fires killed at least 90 people.

Spain saw its hottest temperatures in July of a year ago, with a high of 117.1F.

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.

Temperatures in many inland areas built on Friday to 45C (113F), while Beja, in the Alentejo region, is expected to record a peak of 47C (116F) on Saturday.

48 degrees Celsius is the current record, set in the Greek capital Athens back in 1977.

In the United Kingdom, temperatures are expected to reach about 33C (91.4F) in the southeast.

Temperatures are expected to rise with 45-46 degrees Celsius on Thursday to 47 degrees by the weekend - and "it is possible that we can beat the Spanish and Portuguese national records".

Holidaymakers and expats sweltered in the heat - which reached its highest levels in Portugal, where firefighters battled wild fires, and Spain, where warnings were issued.

Forecaster of the edition declared that "a unsafe, potentially record-breaking heat wave" in the Iberian Peninsula can reach "the upper values of 40 degrees (40 to 50 - ed.)".

People cool off in an urban beach at Madrid Rio park in Madrid, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

A mass of very hot air from Africa and a period of little wind have contributed to what she called "home-grown" heat - which has been building up and could potentially lead to record-breaking temperatures.

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.

Authorities in Sweden and Poland warned against swimming due to a bloom of toxic algae spreading caused by hot weather.

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