Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Wildfires spreading across Portugal's Algarve region as temperatures reach 46C

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   SCORCHER Temperatures could reach 48C this week in parts of Spain WX CHARTS SCORCHER Temperatures could reach 48C this week in parts of Spain
Lisa Bryan | 06 August, 2018, 08:11

Wildfires have raged across Greece killing more than 90 people, and Sweden has battled dozens of fires as far north as the Arctic Circle. Picture taken August 3, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Here in Evora, we reached 45.5C, nationally the temperature was 46.5C so about a degree off breaking the national record.

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

The entire Iberian Peninsula remains under the influence of a mass of hot air from Africa, and though temperatures are slightly down on those from Saturday, little relief is in sight.

Ms Spencer said tourists tended to skip tours to learn about the Roman historic sites of the place, opting for a quick selfie and quickly returning inside.

In the coastal resort area of Cascais, outside Lisbon, a power network overload due to heavy use of air conditioning caused a blackout on Friday night, leaving tens of thousands of people without power for several hours and shutting a large shopping mall. "I've been here in the summer but it has never been this hot".

In Spain, heat warnings were also issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces as temperatures were expected to reach up to 44 C (111.2 F).

Three men have reportedly died in Spain due to heatstroke, two in the southeast region of Murcia, one in Barcelona.

Even the lowest overnight temperatures would stay between 25-30C (77-86F) for much of the country, it said. With few air-conditioned homes in the country, a supermarket in Helsinki invited 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store on Saturday.


In Germany, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was offering free water to passengers in case of delays.

"We're here for two days, so we're going for it", said David Jones from England, cooling off by the fountains with his wife.

"It's too hot to visit it now", she said.

Faced with wilting troops, the Swiss Army has allowed soldiers to wear shorts and T-shirts instead of standard uniforms.

French power company EDF said the measures were taken to avoid temperature hikes in rivers.

In another sign of drought, water levels in the Danube River in Budapest are about to fall to a level that will expose a small outcrop called Dearth Rock that is nearly always underwater, the National Water Management Authority said.

The water's temperature rose to a record 27.5C (81.5F), dangerously reducing the water's oxygen levels, and there was also concern for the health of its famous resident swans.

Some places in Sweden have had their driest May-to-July period on record, according to its meteorological agency, and a number of weather stations have recorded only 10% to 15% of their normal rainfall.

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