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Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

According to Met Office data, the record for Spain was 47.3 degree Celsius, recorded on July 13, 2017 in Montoro, east of Cordoba, and for Portugal 47.4 degrees Celsius on August 1 2003 in Amareleja, in the south-central Beja district.

Tyler Roys, a meteorologist from website AccuWeather, said it is possible that "between Friday and Sunday temperatures could reach 49 degrees centigrade in south-west Spain and in parts of southern Portugal".

It has been the most severe heatwave in Iberia since 2003, one of the worst years on record for forest fires.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, the all-time high for continental Europe stands at 118.4°F, or 48.0°C, set in Athens in 1977.

The news arrives on the heels of a heatwave which has hit all over Europe and the United Kingdom, with exceedingly high temperatures expected across the continent for the coming week.

But as the weekend approaches, thermometers are forecast to exceed 30C in parts of southern England as high pressure takes charge, locking in the hot weather.

"Hot and dry air originating off Algeria and Morocco will push northward to the west of Portugal and then steer north-to-south".

Temperatures are rising in Spain and Portugal aided by a wave of hot air coming from Africa.

In Europe Meteoalarm weather group has already released a "red" alert - classified as a very hazardous and risky to life - for the greater part of southern Portugal and Badajoz in the West of Spain.

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The Portuguese town of Beja is expected to record a peak of 47C on Saturday.

Wildfires have raged across Greece killing more than 90 people, and Sweden has battled dozens of fires as far north as the Arctic Circle.

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.

People enjoy warm weather on the banks of the river Danube in God, Hungary, August 3, 2018.

In Spain, a high of 45C was forecast for Córdoba and heat warnings have been issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces.

And over in Britain, an unusually long, torrid summer has taken its toll on the country's flowers. EDF said the decision was made to avoid overheating the rivers.

In Germany, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was offering free water to passengers in case of delays. From Portugal to Moscow and beyond, temperature predictions as high as 47+ are not beyond the realm of possibility say weather experts.

The global picture: The latest heat wave comes in the wake of the hottest-ever day on the Korean Peninsula, hottest July in Finland, the hottest-ever month at any location in the U.S.