Warning as extreme heatwave expected across Europe

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Meteorologists in Granada, Spain, recorded temperatures of 46.6C (115.52F), just shy of the hottest European temperature on record, 48C in Athens in 1977.

Another heatwave is coming to Europe, and the record temperature of 118.4F could be broken.

Heat warnings have been issued for 41 of Spain's 50 provinces as temperatures are expected to reach up to 45C. The national record is 47.4C (117.3F).

And over in Britain, an unusually long, torrid summer has taken its toll on the country's flowers.

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.)".

Temperatures in Europe are expected to peak on Sunday and Irish holiday goers have been warned to stay hydrated and in the shade during the extreme heat.

The extremely high temperatures, caused by an influx of hot air from Africa, were also carrying loads of dust from the Sahara Desert.

Europe is experiencing a heatwave that has brought drought and wildfires from Greece to Sweden.

Temperatures in Portugal are forecast to keep building on Friday, to around 45 degrees, and peaking at 47 degrees in some places on Saturday.

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Southwark Council said it was suspending the use of barbecues in Burgess Park, south London, after London Fire Brigade warned people to take extra care during the hot weather.

More than 700 firefighters are battling a major wildfire in southern Portugal's Algarve region, as parts of Europe continue to swelter.

Another forest fire, in central Estremoz, has left six people wounded, two in serious condition.

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.

United Kingdom temperatures are expected to peak at 31C (88F) on England's south coast this weekend, the Met Office predicted.

"That means the driest and warmest periods are expected to be in southern counties, but even there it could be a more uncertain picture than has been the case for much of the summer".

Areas in the south of France are also set to feel the burn, with highs of 40 degrees forecast for the next few days.

Spain's weather agency, Aemet, issued red-alert warnings for extreme heat Saturday in Extremadura and Andalucia regions while several other areas were under orange or yellow alerts for heat.