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Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe

05 August 2018

Portugal enjoyed its hottest day in nearly two decades on Saturday, as the average temperature across the country came in at a scorching 32.4C (90.3F).

THESE sweat-inducing weather maps show where "very extreme" heat will blast through Europe and Britain this week, sending temperatures surging to extraordinary levels.

In Spain, a high of 45C was forecast for Córdoba and heat warnings have been issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces.

Ladbrokes also cut odds on August highs beating Britain's 38.5C (101.3F) record, set on August 10, 2003, at Brogdale, Kent.

People refreshed themselves on the beach during a hot summer day in Barcelona, Spain, today.

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Heatstroke kills three people in Spain as the most severe heatwave grips the continent with temperatures touching a scorching 45 degrees Celsius in some areas.

And as we move into the weekend the mercury will remain high, as blisteringly hot weather sweeps in from Spain and Portugal.

Southwark Council said it was suspending the use of barbecues in Burgess Park, south London, after London Fire Brigade warned people to take extra care during the hot weather.

The fires have since died down and firefighters from France, Germany and Portugal left Monday, at the same time as residents from a small town near the Arctic Circle who had been evacuated because of the wildfires were allowed to return home.

114 people were killed in two massive forest blazes a year ago in Portugal and civil services yesterday 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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Spanish authorities put out a heat wave warning for most of central Spain, expected to last until Sunday with temperatures of over 42C in some parts of Andalusia and Extremadura.

However, the Met Office is expecting the mercury to rise again this weekend with temperatures reaching 26C in a sunny end to the week.

That record was set in the Greek capital, Athens, in July 1977.

According to the UK Met Office, the recent hot temperatures in Scandinavia have led to sea surface temperatures in the Baltic Sea rising well above 20 Celsius, as much as 5 or 6 degrees above average.

The north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s, with scatterings of rain.

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Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe