The Europeans fleeing from the sweltering heat in the fountains

The Europeans fleeing from the sweltering heat in the fountains

However, climatologist Fatima Espírito Santo of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere, told the Observador that the increase is not a heatwave, because the spell of higher temperatures will only last three days, not five.

Huge crowds swarm beaches in San Sebastian, northern Spain, during the country's heatwave.

As Europe suffers another heatwave, forecasters say the highest temperature record in the continent's history can be beaten in the coming days. They were a 48-year-old man working on road works and a 78-year-old man who was working on his allotment, Cadena Ser said.

Portugal and Spain are sweltering under an intense wave of heat that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries.

The record may not have fallen but the heat certainly made its mark, forcing more than 400 firefighters to battle a forest blaze near the Monchique mountain range in the Algarve.

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

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood reports.

Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records, with the high peaking at 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) in some places.

Portugal's Civil Protection Agency has been sending mobile text alerts warning of extreme fire risk in some areas, as they seek to avert casualties. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest.

The country is on alert to prevent a repeat of its worst fires in history past year when 114 people died.

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In Greece, a wildfire killed 91 people last month. "I've been here in the summer but it has never been this hot".

Police said that even if temperatures were not excruciatingly hot, reaching just 34 deg C yesterday, the dogs would have to spend hours walking on surfaces exposed to the sun that could easily go over 50 deg C, hence the shoes.

It seems we're not the only country facing extreme temperatures, as Spain and Portugal are now facing European record-breaking high temperatures.

The soaring mercury has already claimed the lives of three people who died of heatstroke. The K-Supermarket said on its Facebook page that patrons hoping to cool down could sleep overnight in its air-conditioned store in Helsinki.

For the most part, this heatwave and severe weather has passed Ireland by, as Met Eireann are expecting temperatures to get no higher than 22C in Ireland over the weekend, and then drop to the mid-teens next week. Overheated waters can result in mass fish die-offs, like those that occurred in Germany this week.

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Tourists took shelter under umbrellas outside the Louvre Museum in Paris and ignored "No Bathing" signs to paddle in the fountains.

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