CNN: Forecasters have warned of potentially record-breaking temperatures in Spain and Portugal this week as much of Europe swelters in a heat wave that has left some farmers suffering drought conditions.
The UK Met Office said parts of the Iberian peninsula could beat the all-time continental European record of 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) this week, with inland areas likely to be hotter than the coast.
That record was set in the Greek capital, Athens, in July 1977. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the record for Spain is currently 47.3 Celsius, while for Portugal it’s 47.4 Celsius.
The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, could see a high of 41 Celsius on Saturday, according to CNN forecasters. Its average temperature is 28 Celsius for this time of year.
There are 19 departments across France on “orange” heatwave alert from Météo France, as temperatures of up to 40.2°C have been recorded.
According to the forecaster, the “heatwave episode is spreading, and is now affecting Alsace, the east of Bourgogne, the Rhône valley and the Mediterranean fringes”.
In France heatwave conditions are expected to last until the beginning of next week.