Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

Record heatwave forecast in Spain, Portugal - 50 degrees

The big picture: The heat wave will be most intense in Portugal, Spain and parts of France, although the United Kingdom will also see above average temperatures for this time of year.

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Spain's highest recorded temperature is 46.9C (116.42F) in Cordoba, a southern city, in July 2017.

The highest temperature recorded on Thursday, when the heat began to rise, was 45.2C (113.4F) near Abrantes, a town 93 miles north-east of the capital Lisbon, the country's weather agency IPMA said.

Portugal's highest recorded temperature was 47.4 C (117.3 F) in 2003.

The Evening Standard have the details on a middle-aged man in Barcelona was found in the street after he collapsed, as well as two other men, a road worker and a 78-year-old man, who also died from heatstroke.

The torrid weather meant that public services were put on alert in Spain and Portugal.

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The hot, dry conditions have led to several wildfires in Portugal.

Areas in the south of France are also set to feel the burn, with highs of 40 degrees forecast for the next few days.

An unusually long, torrid summer in Britain, meanwhile, has taken its toll on the country's flowers.

People refresh themselves in a fountain at Plaza de Espana, on a hot summer day in Sevilla, Spain on August 1, 2018.

June's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 19.9C, the same as June 1976. EDF said the decision was made to avoid overheating the rivers.

He said: "After a fresher weekend we are going to see a return to the hot weather, we expect temperatures back into the low-30Cs by Friday".

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.

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

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