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Weekend temperatures could beat 1977 record of 48ºC
03 August 2018 @ 00:54

THIS weekend is set to bring some of the hottest temperatures on record to the continent of Europe, with Saturday seeing the mercury soar to unprecedented levels.

According to Spain's State meteorological agency, AEMET, Europe's 41-year record could even be broken.

This was set on July 10, 1977 when thermometers shot up to 48ºC in the shade in the Greek capital, Athens.

Spain's and Portugal's record temperatures are much more recent, but showed very little difference.

The hottest-ever reading in Spain was just a year ago, on July 13, when the weather station in Montoro (Córdoba province) in inland Andalucía showed a reading of 47.3ºC in the shade.

Portugal's highest-ever temperature was 47.4ºC, on August 1, 2003 in Amareleja in the district of Beja, inland and towards the south.

And weather experts believe the mercury could even rise to 50ºC in the shade during the hottest part of the day, which is normally around 16.00 or 17.00 in Spain.



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