Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe

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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

The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was 48 degrees in Athens in 1977, closely followed by 47.3 in Amareleja, Portugal in 2003 as well as in Montoro, Spain previous year.

Spain's current record high is 47.3°C (117.14°F) and Portugal can boast a slightly-higher highest temperature, at 47.4°C.

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

Authorities in both Portugal and Spain have issued health warnings, as what is being referred to as this year's first heatwave in the region approaches.

British tourists have been warned to be careful if they are going overseas this weekend, with parts of Europe possibly set for record-breaking temperatures.

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

By the numbers: The heat is expected to crank up in coming days, with computer models projecting astonishing high temperatures of at least 118°F to 122°F, or 50°C, in southwest Spain and Portugal during the next few days. The country went on high alert in an effort to prevent a repeat of the worst fires in history a year ago, which killed 114 people.

LISBON-Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula - and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.

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If temperatures continue to climb this weekend, the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe will be broken.

M - Hot air moving north from Africa is bringing temperatures in the mid to late 40s to parts of the southern European countries, Sky News reports.

Temperatures hit 44C in Córdoba in Spain and in Cuba in Portugal today, with the temperature expected to hit 46C tomorrow in Odemira in southern Portugal.

The hot, dry conditions have led to several wildfires in Portugal.

An unusually long, torrid summer in Britain, meanwhile, has taken its toll on the country's flowers.

Two died of heatstroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Spanish radio Cadena Ser reported, while another man died in Barcelona on Friday, emergency services said.

British holidaymakers are being warned to "take care" as Europe faces its hottest day on record.

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The spokesman added: "This weekend is much more promising than last weekend with plenty of sunshine around, although the north of England could see a few showers on Saturday".

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