Heat wave in Portugal breaks records in 8 cities
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.
Temperatures built to around 113 degrees Friday in many inland areas of Portugal, and were expected to peak at 116 in some places Saturday. Large sections of Portugal are on red alert on the Civil Protection Agency’s danger scale.
Portugal’s highest recorded temperature was 117 in 2003. Emergency services have issued a red alert through Sunday.