Europe sweltered Saturday in intense heat with temperatures hitting near-record highs of 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) in Portugal, while elsewhere high temperatures melted the asphalt or saw a highway shut down.
It also was not far off the European record of 48C (118.4F), held by Athens in Greece from back in 1977.
But this summer, predicted high temperatures in Spain and Portugal, aided by the flow of hot air from Africa.
Parts of Portugal have already recorded temperatures of around 47C, while parts of Spain have reached 44C before the worst of the heatwave has even arrived.
According to Met Office data, the record for Spain was 47.3 degree Celsius, recorded on July 13, 2017 in Montoro, east of Cordoba, and for Portugal 47.4 degrees Celsius on August 1 2003 in Amareleja, in the south-central Beja district.
On Thursday, temperatures reached 45.2C near Abrantes, Portugal.
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In July, the Scandinavian country witnessed record temperatures and wildfires that extended into the Arctic Circle. Portugal's record high was reached in 2003 at 117 degrees. More than 60 per cent of the country registered temperatures of over 40 C (104 F).
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But it was not just southern Europe where the heat was keenly felt.
Other areas of Europe have also felt the heat wave's impact with the heat melting a mountain glacier in Sweden and baking Britain in an exceptionally hot 88 degrees.
Drivers in Norway have been warned by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that animals may be retreating to tunnels to escape the extreme heat.
Tore Lysberg of the government told AFP news agency that "animals protect themselves in colder places, reindeer as well as sheep shelter in tunnels and shaded areas".
A continent-wide heatwave in recent weeks has seen drought and wildfires from Greece to Sweden.
In Portugal, local media said temperatures could beat Death Valley in California, one of the world's hottest places.
Researchers said that climate change made Europe's extended heatwave twice as likely as it would otherwise have been.
On the other hand, the long and hot summer pressed the German breweries, which sold so much beer to the point of causing shortages of bottles, recovering the negative record of sales past year.