Britons suffer as Spain and Portugal experience record temperatures

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The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was 48°C in Athens in 1977, closely followed by 47.3°C in Amareleja, Portugal in 2003 as well as in Montoro, Spain past year.

The national record for Portugal is 47.4 degrees Celsius, established in 2003.

Meteorologists are warning that the current European temperature record of 48C in Athens, Greece, in 1977 could be broken as a wave of blisteringly hot air sweeps in from North Africa.

According to him, temperatures in the Iberian peninsula may be higher than those recorded in the last 40 years.

More than 700 firefighters are battling a major wildfire in southern Portugal, as temperatures in some areas approach record levels.

In the Middle East: Quriyat, Oman, likely set the world's hottest low temperature ever recorded on June 28, when the temperature failed to drop below 109°F, or 42.8°C. It's not out of the question for Portugal to reach a groundbreaking 50°C, surpassing not only the national record but also the European record, which is now at 48°C (recorded in Athens, Greece, in July 1977). Fires in Greece, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Latvia have killed dozens of people and forced evacuations. Still, large parts are on red alert.

Europe's Mediterranean coast has weather heatwave warnings in place after it is predicted that Spain and Portugal could experience temperatures of up to 48 degrees later this week.

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Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday.

M - Hot air moving north from Africa is bringing temperatures in the mid to late 40s to parts of the southern European countries, Sky News reports. In Portugal, local media ran stories on how temperatures could beat Death Valley in California, one of the hottest places on earth.

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 previous year.

Areas along the Hampshire and Dorset coast, such as Gosport, are most likely to feel the heat on Saturday, while the hottest areas on Sunday are expected to be around London and stretching north to the Midlands.

The next few days could see the hottest temperatures recorded in continental Europe.

BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes warned hot weather will continue to engulf Europe this weekend as temperatures reach highs of 47C in Portugal and go past the 30C mark again in the UK.

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