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Tags: spain | portugal | Heat Wave | fire

Spain, Portugal Bake in Record Heat Wave for May

Friday, 15 May 2015 09:11 AM EDT

Spain and Portugal — known for their sunny skies — are seeing record high temperatures for May, with thermometers hitting levels normally only seen in midsummer.

Spain's meteorological agency says the eastern town of Xativa recorded 42.9 degrees Celsius (109.2 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, breaking a 2006 record of 40.1 degrees Celsius (104.2 Fahrenheit) at Cordoba Airport.

Portugal also set a May record, with the southern city of Beja sizzling Wednesday in 40 degrees Celsius heat. Portugal's previous May high was 39.5 degrees Celsius (103.1 Fahrenheit) in 2011.

The stifling heat stretched across to Spain's Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures of 42.4 degrees Celsius (108.3 Fahrenheit) were recorded Wednesday at Lanzarote Airport.

The town of Pego in Spain's eastern Alicante region was also fighting a wildfire Friday.

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Spain and Portugal - known for their sunny skies - are seeing record high temperatures for May, with thermometers hitting levels normally only seen in midsummer.
spain, portugal, Heat Wave, fire
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2015-11-15
Friday, 15 May 2015 09:11 AM
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