Europe hit by hot weather record as maps turn blood red in scorching heatwave warning

BBC Weather: Europe forecast continued heatwave conditions

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Spanish weather chiefs confirmed a temperature of 47.4C (117.3F) was recorded in the town of Cordoba on Saturday, August 14. Provisional data from the state meteorological agency said it passed the previous record set at the same measuring station in July 2017 by one-tenth of a degree.

Spokesman Ruben del Campo, added: “It would be the highest record reliably measured in Spain.”

The intense heatwave hitting Spain is expected to continue to the end of today after five days with five regions still on high alert over extreme temperatures.

The latest WXCharts seen by for Spain are blood red with temperatures still as high as 40C in some parts of the country.

Mr Del Campo added the heatwave was “probably one of the most intense experiences in Spain”.

A combination of the fierce heat and rise in suspended dust particles has also increased a fire risk, with the country remaining on high alert.

Nearly 1,000 firefighters backed by 15 water-dropping aircraft have been battling a blaze burning since Saturday morning in Avila province, that at one point was fed by winds of up to 54mph.

The wildfire has so far destroyed 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of land and forced the evacuation over the weekend of nearly 1,000 people from several nearby towns and villages.

Between 2011 and 2020, Spain also registered twice as many heat waves as in the previous three decades.

Scientists consider that this pattern of heatwaves is an unequivocal sign of climate change that will only get worse.

Elsewhere in Portugal, around 200 firefighters were battling a blaze near Castro Marim in the southern province of Algarve, which is a European tourism hotspot.

European countries such as Greece and Turkey have also already experienced heatwaves and devastating wildfires this summer.

Today, firefighters battled to control two new fires near the Greek port city of Lavrio forcing the evacuation of several villages after blistering blazes scorched swathes of land in the country.

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Thanasis Avgerinos, the deputy regional governor of East Attica, said: “The fire front is large and the winds in the area are very strong.

“This is a very flammable pine-covered area.”

Meanwhile, another forest fire broke out in Vilia, Attica, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) northwest of Athens, prompting the mobilisation of air and ground forces.

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