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The heat wave goes on ... and on

The heat wave goes on ... and on

Two men - a roadworker in his 40s and a 78-year-old pensioner - died from heatstroke this week, as Spain experienced one of its hottest days, with temperatures nearing 44 degrees Celsius in Badajos on the border with Portugal, 42 degrees in Seville and 40 in Madrid. It also played a part in the deaths of two men, one in Barcelona and the other in the southern Spanish region of Murcia, according to Spanish authorities.

Portugal and Spain are facing a major heatwave with the mercury expected to soar before peaking at 47C in some areas this weekend.

The near-record high temperatures across Europe have been caused by an area of high pressure sitting off the shore of Portugal which has been drawing up hot air from the Sahara, say forecasters.

Portugal and Spain were sweltering Saturday under an intense heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries.

The heat wave hit Friday, breaking local temperature records at eight places in Portugal.

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It comes as the heatwave which has hit Ireland and across Europe is expected to continue following more comfortable temperatures this week, with high temperatures expected across the continenent and in parts of the UK.

Italy has also issued red alerts across its centre and north, which includes the tourist hotspots of Rome, Florence and Venice. Dozens of people were killed in two major forest fires past year. "They include the head of the civil protection agency, the governor of Attica, the mayor of Marathon and the police and fire service", Antonis Foussas, the plaintiffs' lawyer said.

Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest.

The current record was registered in July 1977 when the temperature in Athens was 48 degrees.

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.

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In Greece high winds fanned risky wildfires which killed more than 90 people.

In the United Kingdom, temperatures are expected to reach about 33C (91.4F) in the southeast.

Summer temperatures close to 40C (104F) are not unusual in southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

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In Switzerland, mountain railways reported booming business as city dwellers fled to the Alps.

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July's average United Kingdom maximum temperature was 22.6C from July 1-30, hotter than 1976's 21.6C, and the second-hottest since records began 108 years ago in 1910, behind only 2006's 23.2C.


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