Heat wave in Europe: an “abnormal” explosion of 46°C in the Sahara desert sets Portugal ablaze | Weather | New
Such weather conditions are predicted by forecasters for the coming week in the picturesque city of Lagos, Portugal, and elsewhere in the country. Netweather’s weather forecast shows the mercury will reach 41C today in Lagos, gradually rising through the week until it hits 46C on Wednesday.
Portuguese online newspaper Observador said the maximum temperatures are an “anomaly” as they will be higher than normal for this time of year – “at least 5C warmer than usual”.
The Observer weather forecast read: “Next week, or rather the next 15 days, the forecast is for very hot weather. And put ‘very hot’ underlined.
“We are talking about temperatures above 40°C inside the country. And abnormal values for the season, at least 5C higher than usual.
The forecast explained that the heat will arrive “in two phases”, adding: “This weekend, temperatures will already be higher, due to a warm air mass coming from North Africa – which can again bring associated dust from the Sahara.
“But even so, some instability will persist through Wednesday, with rain in the north and center. From there, yes, the thermometers go into the “vermilion” and tropical nights are also to be expected.
European countries have been hit by scorching temperatures in recent weeks as a heatwave rages.
The Spanish destination of Mallorca will experience temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius while in Corfu, Greece, thermometers are expected to hit 35 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, temperatures are also expected to rise in the UK over the coming week, although pleasant weather won’t quite reach 30C, according to senior meteorologist Jim Dale.
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Pleasant temperatures in the UK are often the result of high pressure coming in from southern Europe, but that’s not the case this time around, according to the meteorologist.
Mr Dale explained: ‘This heat is not related to the heat wave seen in the rest of Europe south of us.
“It’s because of our own high pressure, which is why it won’t go above 35°C. It’s more local than imported.”