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Europe may hit record-high temps in heat wave that's killed 3

Europe may hit record-high temps in heat wave that's killed 3

THESE sweat-inducing weather maps show where "very extreme" heat will blast through Europe and Britain this week, sending temperatures surging to extraordinary levels.

LISBON-Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula - and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.

In Spain, extreme risk warnings were issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces due to the hot weather.

As Europe suffers another heatwave, forecasters say the highest temperature record in the continent's history can be beaten in the coming days. Its average temperature is 28 Celsius for this time of year.

Some areas in Europe like Spain, Malaga and Alicante could see the hottest day EVER in the heatwave with temperatures reaching as hot as 48 degrees.

Neighbouring Portugal has been described as "Hot as Hell" as temperatures have risen to 46 degrees this afternoon.

Forecaster of the edition declared that "a risky, potentially record-breaking heat wave" in the Iberian Peninsula can reach "the upper values of 40 degrees (40 to 50 - ed.)".

The heatwave was expected to reach its peak on Saturday, said Paula Leitao of the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

At least three people have died from heatstroke as temperatures continue to climb.

Athens in Greece saw temperatures of 48C (118.4F) in 1977.

The historic city of Evora, capital of Portugal's Alentejo region, reached 44.1 Celsius that day.

The heat, wind and difficulty in accessing some areas has complicated efforts to bring the fire under control, and a hundred people have been evacuated as a precaution.

Another forest fire, in central Estremoz, has left six people wounded, two in serious condition. Rivers that are unusually warm can experience mass fish die-offs, which has happened in Germany in the past week.

A branch of the K-Supermarket chain in Helsinki's Pohjois-Haaga district has invited 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store on Saturday.

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

Further north in Scandinavia, temperatures hit records until a few days ago.

Following its hottest July in 250 years, rain showers gave Sweden some respite on Saturday across most of the country.

Authorities in Sweden and Poland warned against swimming due to a bloom of toxic algae spreading caused by hot weather.