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Europe faces hottest day ever as temperatures soar to 48C

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   SCORCHER Temperatures could reach 48C this week in parts of Spain WX CHARTS SCORCHER Temperatures could reach 48C this week in parts of Spain
Orlando Vargas | 05 August, 2018, 14:14

Temperatures in the shade of 47 degrees Celsius are forecast in parts of Extremadura and there is a chance Europe's highest ever temperature recorded - 48 degrees Celsius in Athens - could be broken.

Portugal's record is 47.4C set in 2003.

Heat warnings have also been put in force for most of Spain - as a band of hot air drifts across the country from Africa.

Portugal sees large wildfires every year, although unseasonably cool weather through the end of July has meant fewer blazes in 2018.

Temperatures hit 44C in Córdoba in Spain and in Cuba in Portugal today, with the temperature expected to hit 46C tomorrow in Odemira in southern Portugal.

Wildfires have also raged in some parts of Europe, the most devastating occurring across Greece killing more than 90 people, and Sweden has battled dozens of fires as far north as the Arctic Circle.

Forecasters have warned that up to +50°C at the weekend will cover Portugal and Spain.

On the other hand, the long and hot summer pressed the German breweries, which sold so much beer to the point of causing shortages of bottles, recovering the negative record of sales past year.

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Europe's weather warning group, Meteoalarm, has already issued red warnings - categorised as very risky and posing a risk to life - for much of southern Portugal and for the Badajoz province in Spain.

It is expected that the sizzling temperatures will begin on Thursday and will last through the weekend with all time highs due to be recorded. But all that may soon change, as current weather models forecast significantly higher temperatures.

Climate change means that extreme temperatures are more likely, Mitchell said, adding that by 2040, temperatures like the ones that Europe is now facing could become "the new normal". In Spain and Portugal, the fire danger will climb to unsafe levels as temperatures soar, humidity levels plunge, and downslope winds increase.

"Tourists in Spain and Portugal clearly need to take care in such high temperatures".

People refreshed themselves on the beach during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain, today.

Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday. Meteorologist Dean Hall said: 'We could see temperatures of 29C, 30C in London tomorrow, probably somewhere like Kew Gardens or St James's Park. In Sweden, July was a record month and wildfires burnt in parts of the country.

The Spanish government has issued a warning about the "extreme risk" caused by the weather this weekend.

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