Heatwave temperatures may top 45C in southern Europe
05 August, 2018, 07:23 | Author: Brooke Harris
Although it's unlikely for temperatures to go over 50°C, records may very well be broken, Yeomans says.
Parts of the Iberian Peninsula are nearing the mid-40s and there is a chance Saturday could come close to the all-time record for Europe, according to forecasters.
Large areas of Portugal are on red alert for heat, including the capital, Lisbon. Sultry July gives way to the same sultry August, and soon the weather will hardly change.
For the most part, this heatwave and severe weather has passed Ireland by, as Met Eireann are expecting temperatures to get no higher than 22C in Ireland over the weekend, and then drop to the mid-teens next week. In Spain, the highest temperature ever recorded was 47.3ºC in July previous year. British meteorologists say the current record of 48C in Athens, Greece from the late 1970s just as scorching temperatures are devastating crops across northern Europe. In Portugal, local media said temperatures could beat Death Valley in California, one of the world's hottest places.
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Nicola Maxey from the Met Office says: "Temperatures will increase by a couple of degrees day by day with highs in the upper 20Cs quite widely by Friday and into the low 30Cs in places at the weekend".
Heat warnings have also been put in force for most of Spain - as a band of hot air drifts across the country from Africa.
At the other end of the Mediterranean, Greece was hit by wildfires that killed 91 people last month.
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.
Boiling heat will blow across Europe this week as the UK's hottest summer continues. In Brazil, the highest temperature ever registered by the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) was 44.7 ° C, in the city of Bom Jesus (PI), on November 21, 2005.
Southwest Europe is bracing itself for extreme heat and forecasters are advising holidaymakers to stay inside during the hottest parts of the day.
June's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 19.9C, the same as June 1976.
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