Killer Spanish Heatwave Fries Europe

August 4, 2018

Europe faces hottest day ever with the killer Spanish heatwave already having claimed three people’s lives

Across the continent dangerous highs of 118F are expected in parts of central Spain as heatwave continues

Eight locations, in central, south and east of Portugal have already broken local temperature records

Europe faces its hottest day ever today with the killer Spanish heatwave already having claimed the lives of three people.

Dangerous highs of 118F are expected in parts of central Spain as the heatwave continues to consume the continent, with health warnings issued in 41 of the country’s 50 provinces.

And eight locations, in central, south and east of Portugal have already broken local temperature records due to the Iberian Plume.

While a Finnish supermarket in Helsinki’s Pohjois-Haaga district is trying to beat the impact of the weather by inviting 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store.

Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat quoted operations manager Marika Lindfors saying the idea for the sleepover came from customers who ‘told me half-jokingly that it’d be a great thing to be able to sleep at a cool supermarket’.

Linfors said: ‘We always try to respond to client feedback, so why not here, too?’

Apartments and homes in Finland are equipped to deal with the extreme cold and damp typical of the Nordic region, but few have air conditioning.

Temperatures in Finland reached 86F this week, with the August average in the country normally 66.2F.

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