Portugal, Spain Hit With Smothering Heat Wave, Dust From Sahara

Euro scorcher: European heatwave could reach all time highs with temperatures expected to reach a sizzling 48C this weekend

Spain's record high is 47.3C (117.14F) and Portugal's is 47.4C (117.32F), but these temperatures "could well be beaten", according to Sky weather presenter Isobel Lang.

Elsewhere, temperatures in south-west France could reach the high 80s as the hot air mass moves north from Africa, bringing dust from the Sahara Desert to the continent.

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

Sweden's Kebnekaise mountain's southern peak is no longer the tallest in the country after high temperatures caused 13 feet of snow to melt.

A major fire broke out on Friday in Monchique, in Portugal's southern Algarve region, consuming more than 1,000 hectares of eucalyptus forest and forcing evacuations from one village. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the record for Spain is now 47.3 Celsius, while for Portugal it's 47.4 Celsius.

Seeking to prevent more deaths after 114 people were killed in two massive forest blazes previous year 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.

Weather warnings have been issued in Europe, with highs of close to 50ºC predicted in parts of Spain and Portugal.

In the last three years, the hottest day on record in the United Kingdom is 35.5C but that could be set to change if the predictions are right.

People observe from outside their homes as fire gets closer to their village
People observe from outside their homes as fire gets closer to their village

According to the UK Met Office, the recent hot temperatures in Scandinavia have led to sea surface temperatures in the Baltic Sea rising well above 20 Celsius, as much as 5 or 6 degrees above average.

Three men died this week in Spain as a result of soaring temperatures.

"In addition to extremely high fire risks, we also have a forecast with very strong winds".

'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'.

People refreshed themselves on the beach during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain, today. "That pattern is something we wouldn't be seeing without climate change", Stott said.

UAE residents heading to Europe to escape the heat should be prepared for record summer temperatures sweeping the region which experts blame on global warming.

The global picture: The latest heat wave comes in the wake of the hottest-ever day on the Korean Peninsula, hottest July in Finland, the hottest-ever month at any location in the U.S.

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