Parts of Spain and Portugal are more than 46℃ – here’s what is going on

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Wildfires, drought and extreme heat have been the talk of the town and country across Europe this summer.

  • Glenn McGregor
  • The Conversation

Attention has now turned to Portugal and Spain, where temperatures at the weekend reached more than 46℃ in some parts of both countries – close to the all-time European record of 48℃, set in Greece in 1977.

Aem 1aRecords aside, the obvious question is what is causing the current Iberian heatwave and whether this might be a harbinger of the…

A number of factors can be identified.

These include unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic, a…

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