Melted asphalt and shoes for dogs as Europe hit with deadly heatwave
Aug 5, 2018 | 0 |
Europe sweltered Saturday in intense heat with temperatures due to hit near-record highs of 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) in Portugal, while elsewhere high temperatures melted the asphalt or saw police dogs fitted with shoes. The heatwave was expected to reach its peak on Saturday, said Paula Leitao of the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA),
with the city of Setubal not far from Lisbon due to reach highs of 46 C during the day. By way of comparison, this is not far off the 48 C expected in California’s notoriously parched and scorching Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, according to US forecaster AccuWeather. This comes a day after 16 weather stations in the country registered record temperatures including in Alcacer do Sal near Setubal, where the heat climbed to 45.9 C.