Britain Set To Sizzle In 36C Heat Thanks To 'Fiery Furnace'

Britain Set To Sizzle In 36C Heat Thanks To 'Fiery Furnace'

Britain Set To Sizzle In 36C Heat Thanks To 'Fiery Furnace'

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).

UAE residents heading to Europe to escape the heat should be prepared for record summer temperatures sweeping the region which experts blame on global warming.

Spain and Portugal suffered from extreme temperatures on Saturday as hot air from North Africa swept across the Iberian Peninsula.

Up north in Sweden, the country's official tallest point is set to change amid record temperatures.

Britain's long, hot summer has taken its toll on the country's flowers.

Although holidaymakers might normally expect heat in the mid-30 degrees Celsius in these countries, there is the potential for extreme temperatures - edging towards 50 degrees Celsius.

Meteorologists say temperatures are being driven higher by a hot air mass moving northward from Africa, which is also bringing dust from the Sahara Desert. Wildfires have raged in recent weeks even within the Arctic Circle as forests become tinderboxes.

With nearly no rainfall since May, Sweden experienced its hottest July in more than 250 years, with the drought and high temperatures sparking wildfires across the country, even as far north as the Arctic Circle.

A large part of Portugal has been placed on high alert by the country's Civil Protection Agency as hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire in the southern Algarve region. Dozens of people were killed in two major forest fires previous year.

The map shows the bulge of heat expanding over Portugal and Spain over the weekend before engulfing France and parts of southern England next week.

Nicola Maxey from the Met Office says: "Temperatures will increase by a couple of degrees day by day with highs in the upper 20Cs quite widely by Friday and into the low 30Cs in places at the weekend". Kebnekaise's south peak shrank by four meters (about 13 feet) between July 2 and July 31, as snow and ice melted by an average of 14 centimeters (about 5½ inches) a day.

But the all-time highest record for continental Europe is 48C (118F) set in Athens, Greece, on 10 July 1977.

Sunday will be warm and dry in most places with sunny spells.

Temperatures are expected to rise with 45-46 degrees Celsius on Thursday to 47 degrees by the weekend - and "it is possible that we can beat the Spanish and Portuguese national records".

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