Spain and Portugal set for extreme temperatures which could break records, holidaymakers warned
Holidaymakers heading to southern Europe are being warned of extreme temperatures which could be record-breaking.
Forecasters are predicting the mercury could soar to 45C this week in Spain and Portugal.
The Met Office says temperatures could top the all-time continental temperature of a whoppig 48C.
Forecaster Dr Dave Reynolds, of The Weather Channel, commented: âA small low will move off the Atlas Mountains and push very warm air northwards to Iberia from Africa.
âTemperatures will lift into the high 30s C widely but temperatures will hit over 40C in Iberia and locally over southern France.
âEven 45C is possible on Thursday at Badajoz on the Portugal-Spain border.â
Temperatures in Hull are also expe cted to rise in the coming days - you can read how hot it's expected to be by clicking here.
The highest recorded temperature for Iberia was measured at Badajoz in August 1964 when the mercury hit 47C.
The extreme heat is also expected in the south of France and areas of Italy.
Temperatures in France will lift up to 40C in the south, including Toulouse and Bordeaux, but 34 to 37C is possible over central areas and 32 to 35C in the north under stagnant high pressure, strong daytime heating and calm winds.
For Italy, 37 or 38C is more likely along the Po Valley and Toscana to Lazio.
Meanwhile, heavy thunderstorms across Greece and the Balkans are leading to further flooding in places during the next few days.
It should start to trend less hot from the start of next week as the high recedes to the Atlantic and a cooler west or northwest breeze moves into southwest Europe.
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