Europe Braces Itself For What Could Be 'Hottest Day Ever' Today

Many of you may have woken up this morning in utter disbelief and gratitude that you survived yet another Furnace Friday. Yes, that's despite having the fan begrudgingly off in the night.

But alas, it would appear that the battle is far from over as the 2018 heatwave rages on, particularly in areas of Europe where today could reportedly be the hottest one ever.

If you're over in Spain right now or you're travelling there on vacay today, be sure to keep hydrated and in the shade, because dangerous highs of 118F/48C are expected in central areas of the country, with health warnings issued in 41 of the country's 50 provinces, according to the Daily Mail.

And those figures are not to be messed with - the killer Spanish heatwave has already claimed three lives, including a middle-aged man who was found lying in the streets in Barcelona, bleeding from the mouth having suffered from heatstroke.

With today set to be even hotter, residents and tourists are warned to be on their guard by carrying out any activities during the early hours of the day and avoiding sitting in parked cars.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But it's not just Spain that's been hit by the scorching Iberian Plume - eight locations in central, south and east of Portugal have also broken local temperature records, while Finland has reached such high temperatures that one of its supermarkets in Helsinki's Pohjois-Haaga district has invited 100 lucky customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store. Are you reading this, Tesco?

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.

If you're wondering what's going on in old Blighty, you only need to look out the window to realise it's an absolute scorcher of a day. But in terms of actual figures, the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will enjoy temperatures in the high 70s, with scatterings of rain.

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A Met Office spokesman said: "Essentially at the end of the week we're looking at a bit of a north-west/south-east split in the weather.

"Northern and some western areas will often be cooler with some outbreaks of rain - particularly in Northern Ireland - and that could spread in to southern and western Scotland."

Earlier this week, Met Office forecaster Richard Miles warned: "48C is the most realistic maximum temperature in inland Spain and Portugal, but there's a chance it could be hotter.

"People on holiday should be careful in the heat. Warm continental air will move to Britain.

"It could warm up more as we might see 34C on Monday or Tuesday, with over 35.3C a possibility."

So yeah, we've got plenty more sweaty days to come. All that we can say now is to keep cool, don't sit in parked cars, and if you're a bloke, try not to worry too much about your 'summer penis'. You're not alone.

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

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