Portugal Experiences Hottest Temperatures For 31 Years As Extreme Heatwave Continues
Portugal has seen the hottest temperature in 37 years today as the south of Europe continues to bake in a heatwave.
It got up to 46.6 degrees Celsius in Alvega, in central Portugal. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Portugal was 47.4 back in 2003.
The mercury also touched 44 degrees Celsius in Lisbon today, that makes it officially the hottest day ever recorded in the country's capital. In 26 places around the country, new records were set.
The previous record was set at 43 degrees Celsius back in 1981. More than 60 percent of the country was underneath temperatures of more than 40 degrees yesterday. This goes for much of Spain as well.
Lots of hot air has been pluming up from North Africa and has settled over the bottom of Europe in recent days. This is causing an increase in forest fires, as well as warnings being issued for the extreme heat.
More than 700 Portuguese firefighters are currently continuing to tackle a blaze near the town of Monchique in the Algarve - a popular tourist area in the country's south.
Six people have been injured in another blaze near to the town of Estremoz. The warnings for extreme heat are still in effect, although the temperatures are supposed to dip ever so slightly today.
Spain has also now lowered their weather warnings from 'red' to 'orange' for large swathes of the south of the country. The weather experts still reckon that it's going to get up above 40 degrees Celsius in quite a few places though.
The current heatwave has brought temperatures close to the European record of 48 degrees.
The World Meteorological Organisation recorded the European record in Athens, the capital of Greece, in 1971.
Nuno Moreira, from the IPMA (Portuguese Weather Agency) told Sky News on Friday: "At some places we have 45C, almost 46C, and today and tomorrow these temperatures could increase, so 47C perhaps.
"That's maybe a temperature that might happen in the interior part of the country."
On the country possibly reaching the record temperature, she said: "Of course it's possible, but we cannot be sure about that because our forecasts are saying that we might have 46C or 47C."
The International Red Cross has asked for anyone with older or vulnerable relatives to check in on them regularly during periods of extreme heat.
In the UK, the weather is also hot, whilst it's not as extreme, parts of the UK are still experiencing temperatures of 30 degrees or more.
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