Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
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Britain Set To Sizzle In 36C Heat Thanks To 'Fiery Furnace'

Britain Set To Sizzle In 36C Heat Thanks To 'Fiery Furnace'

There may be some good weather in-store for Ireland and the United Kingdom this coming weekend as temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s and low 30s, but if you think that is too hot to handle spare a thought for those living on the continent.

Francois Jobard, a weather forecaster for Meteo France, said the hot air mass from North Africa "will possibly result in record temperatures in Portugal and Spain with 45C expected from now until Saturday, and even hotter than that".

Forecasters at the UK Met Office have said temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula this weekend "could beat the all-time continental European record of 48C", which is a little over 118 degrees Fahrenheit, before the mercury starts to dip.

More than 700 firefighters are battling a major wildfire in southern Portugal, as temperatures in some areas approach record levels. Their westerly neighbor's record was set in 2003 when temperatures reached 117.3F.

Temperatures in Europe are soaring close to their highest ever. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the record for Spain is now 47.3 Celsius, while for Portugal it's 47.4 Celsius.

Summer has brought drought and forest fires as far apart as Britain and Greece, where scores of people died, and Sweden warned of forest fires on Friday.

Spain also issued warnings of extremely heat for its southern areas with temperatures expected to reach 45 C (113 F) in the cities of Sevilla, Huelva, Badajoz and Cordoba.

The long, hot summer has been so consistent that it has put a strain on German breweries, who have sold so much beer that there is a bottle shortage - bouncing back from record low sales past year.

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"We're likely to see temperature peak at around 47C, that will challenge the national records for Spain and Portugal".

The heat wave hit Friday, breaking local temperature records at eight places in Portugal. Large sections of Portugal are on red alert on the Civil Protection Agency's danger scale.

And Portugal has been having plenty of it, as the Iberian peninsula bakes in warmth coming over from North Africa.

'The South and East will be hottest and it will be a warm weekend for most, although cooler in the North'.

Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday. While fires are an annual problem in much of Europe, the hot, dry conditions for an extended period of time made those fires much more likely.

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.

British holidaymakers are being warned to "take care" as Europe faces its hottest day on record.

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