Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

In Brazil, the highest temperature ever registered by the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) was 44.7 ° C, in the city of Bom Jesus (PI), on November 21, 2005.

In northern Europe, Sweden is still under threat from wildfires, which in recent weeks have extended into the Arctic Circle.

Forecasters have warned that up to +50°C at the weekend will cover Portugal and Spain.

Seeking to prevent more deaths after 114 people were killed in two massive forest blazes a year ago in Portugal, civil protection sent mobile text alerts warning the population of an extreme risk of fires in some regions, including around the capital Lisbon.

Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40 Celsius at least until Sunday, and could rise 2 or 3 degrees.

Portugal's record is 47.4C set in 2003.

There may be some good weather in-store for Ireland and the United Kingdom this coming weekend as temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s and low 30s, but if you think that is too hot to handle spare a thought for those living on the continent.

Friday saw local all-time record temperatures at nearly half the country's weather stations. Dozens of people were killed in two major forest fires a year ago.

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On Friday, temperatures are likely to hit at least 29C and possibly 30C in southern parts of the United Kingdom, with temperatures elsewhere sitting at around 24C to 25C.

A massive high pressure ridge, with a clockwise circulation of air around it, will pump hot, dry air filled with dust from the Sahara Desert into the Iberian Peninsula through the weekend. Locals and tourists alike are urged to heed the heat advisory warnings and to seek shelter from the hottest daylight periods and to keep hydrated throughout the day.

Fires raged through a coastal town in Greece in July leaving more than 91 people dead and some affected families are now filing a lawsuit against the Greek authorities.

Two men died of heatstroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday.

Boiling heat will blow across Europe this week as the UK's hottest summer continues.

The U.K.'s Met Office weather service says July was the country's third-warmest month in more than a century. Temperatures reached 33 Celsius in west London on Friday but are forecast to drop going into next week.

Although that temperature is far below the blazing heat hitting southern Europe, it's well above the Russian capital's average August maximum of 23 C (73 F).

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.

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