Offbeat: Finnish grocery store holds a SLEEPOVER for people to cool-off in red-hot European heatwave as Portugal and Spain swelter again in near-record temperatures - - PressFrom - US

Offbeat Finnish grocery store holds a SLEEPOVER for people to cool-off in red-hot European heatwave as Portugal and Spain swelter again in near-record temperatures

09:41  06 august  2018
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Individuals cool off within the water as temperatures soar in Benidorm, Spain , amid the continuing European heatwave . An aerial view exhibits Holidaymakers heading to Spain and Portugal have been warned of an excessive heatwave which may see the hottest -ever temperatures recorded in

While Europe swelters in a near - record heatwave , people in Ireland will be reaching for their jumpers with temperatures set to plummet by 8C over the next 72 hours.The August bank holiday weekend sunshine and Finnish grocery store holds a SLEEPOVER for people to cool - off in red - hot

A supermarket chain in Finland invited 100 customers to spend the night at its air-conditioned store in Helsinki as Europe suffers a record-breaking heatwave.

K-Supermarket said on Facebook that patrons needing to cool down could stay overnight at the store also get supper and breakfast on request. 

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

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Portugal and Spain are sweltering in a southern European heatwave that has produced near - record temperatures – with the hot conditions threatening to stick around Portugal has issued red health alerts for extreme heat for more than half the country, with thermometers approaching 46C on Saturday.

In Spain the Aemet meteorological agency on Wednesday said there was a "significant risk" in five northern Authorities were taking no chances after a heatwave in August 2003 was blamed for 15 Scores of people have drowned in Poland and Lithuania as they tried to cool off in lakes and rivers

Operations manager Marika Lindfors said the idea came from customers who 'told me half-jokingly that it'd be a great thing to be able to sleep at a cool supermarket.' 

'We always try to respond to client feedback, so why not here, too?' Lindfors added.

The Spanish city of Cordoba reached 108F (42C) yesterday as the heatwave which has already killed three people continues to blast the continent.

Spain has issued health warnings in 41 of the country's 50 provinces and eight locations in Portugal have already broken local temperature records thanks to the Iberian Plume.

A middle-aged man in Barcelona was found collapsed on a street on Friday and taken to hospital where he later died of heatstroke, bringing the heatwave's death toll to three this week.    

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EUROPE sweltered under near - record temperatures today as Britain and the continent continue to contend with killer heatwave conditions which A man sunbathes as others cool off in Tagus River at Ribeira das Naus in Lisbon (Image: AFP/GETTY). 12.56pm update: Wildfire breaks out in Portugal .

Europe and the UK burn as temperatures soar in record -breaking heatwave . Temperatures are expected to be particularly sweltering in the northeast of Spain , with a stifling 45 degrees expected People cooling off in lakes and rivers across Europe has led to a spike in drownings and rescues.

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Britain also faces a sweltering week-long heatwave to come. European forecasters warned that 'hell is coming' with a record breaking heatwave hitting the continent from Tuesday - posing a threat to life. Officials in Paris have vowed to set up cool -zones for people to take a break from the heat

People cooling off in lakes and rivers across Europe has led to a spike in drownings and rescues. A huge bubble of hot air from Northern Africa is set to move from Algeria towards Spain and Italy. The high pressure will see temperatures soar, but will also bring tropical thunderstorms, heavy wind and

Forecasts indicate that the hot air from Africa, which turned parts of the sky a dark yellow hue because of the dust it carried, will not abate until early next week. 

The man, who was discovered in Berlin Street near Sants Train Station and was thought to be homeless, has not been named.

Around the same time a 78-year-old man was rushed unconscious to hospital in Murcia in south-east Spain after collapsing in his orchard.

Two other men - a roadworker in his 40s and a 78-year-old pensioner tending to his vegetable garden - also died from heatstroke this week. 

The World Meteorological Organization says continental Europe's record is 118.4F (48C) in Greece in 1977.

Cordoba, which had the highest European temperature on Saturday, is expected to reach around 108F (42C) on Sunday.   

The small Budakeszi game reserve outside the Hungarian capital Budapest said it was helping its animals cope with the heat with iced fruit.

In another sign of drought, water levels in the Danube River that runs through Budapest are about to fall to a level that will expose a small outcrop called Dearth Rock that is almost always underwater, the National Water Management Authority said. 

Spain, Portugal swelter as heat wave kills 3 people

  Spain, Portugal swelter as heat wave kills 3 people Spain and Portugal faced another exceptionally hot day Saturday as a heat wave that has killed three people in Spain threatened to raise temperatures to record levels. Large areas of Portugal are on red alert for heat, including the capital, Lisbon. Temperatures will reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the south-central Alentejo region, according to the country's weather agency, IPMA.

The record in both Spain and Portugal is just over 47C. In Portugal , local media said temperatures could beat Spanish authorities issued a heatwave warning for most of central Spain , expected to last until Sunday with People cool off in the Allondon River in Dardagny near Geneva, Switzerland.

European heatwave hits Portugal with 45C as temperatures are set to RISE. Spain and Portugal are on track to smash existing weather records this weekend as temperatures rock into France has also issued heatwave warnings, with the national health ministry alerting people to the dangers of the

Meanwhile in Vienna, police dogs due to patrol a beach volleyball tournament were fitted with special shoes. 

The extreme weather, caused by an influx of hot air from Africa, is also carrying loads of dust from the Sahara Desert across some parts of the continent. 

An Iberian plume is a weather pattern where warm air moves from the Iberian plateau or the Sahara into Europe and the UK. 

It is caused by high pressure air formed in the Iberian Peninsula, which then pushes and the heat up. Unlike a Spanish plume, this type of plume is much more stable and often doesn't cause thunderstorms.       

The Spanish region of Extremadura - which borders Portugal and included the provinces of Caceres and Badadoz and is always one of the country's hottest places at this time of the year - registered nine of the top ten midnight temperatures. 

At midnight on Friday in Zorita, a 55-minute drive south east of the beautiful Roman-founded city of Caceres, temperatures were a staggering 94.8F (34.9C).

Daytime temperatures in the hottest part of the region have been near the 111.2F (44C) mark.  

a group of people swimming in the water with a city in the background: People cool off in the water as temperatures reach a peak in Benidorm, Spain, amid the European heatwave on Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited People cool off in the water as temperatures reach a peak in Benidorm, Spain, amid the European heatwave on Saturday

In Portugal, where the heatwave was expected to reach its peak on Saturday,  a forest fire raged on two fronts, aided by 'a temperature of 46C (115C) degrees but a real feel of 122F (50C)', officials said, and very little humidity in the air. 

Lisbon breaks record for maximum temp, hits 44 C (111.2 F)

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RECORD temperatures are forecast to hit Spain , Portugal and Italy this weekend amid Europe’s sweltering heatwave . Mediterranean countries issued severe weather warnings on Thursday, as a heatwave pushed temperatures above 40 Celsius in Europe.

Intolerably high temperatures and soaring humidity are close to breaking meteorological records across region. In Iraq, the government ordered a four-day holiday to help people deal with the heatwave , while Those who can afford to cool off at the city’s private beaches or swimming pools.

In Lisbon, authorities have closed playgrounds and called on people to avoid picnics and outdoor activities.

Across the Iberian Peninsula in Barcelona, where the stifling air barely stirred during the night, Spaniards took to the beach with families and friends, along with swarms of sweating tourists.

Those who could not make it to the sea had cold drinks under large umbrellas in city squares. Others doused their faces and necks in public water fountains, or simply pulled down the shutters and stayed at home.

Health officials issued reminders about the dangers that extreme heat can pose, especially for the elderly and the young.

The rest of Spain, including the normally wet and temperate northwestern region of Galicia, was also punished by the sun and heat.   

Deaths rise 650 above the average at heatwave's peak 

Almost 700 more deaths than average hit England and Wales during the 15-day peak of temperatures in June and July, the Office for National Statistics says.

The most vulnerable people proved to be frail and elderly people and also those with kidney and heart problems.

Experts told The Guardian that authorities should expect an increase in deaths during heatwaves after a cross-party committee of MP's branded the UK 'woefully underprepared' for scorching conditions on July 27.

Politicians accused the government of ignoring warnings form its climate change adviser and warned without heeding the advice heat-related fatalities could triple to 7,000 by the 2040s. 

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How zoo animals are beating a European heatwave . By Associated Press. BERLIN — Orangutans at a Vienna zoo got buckets of water, lemurs in Rome enjoyed fruit icicles and a polar bear took to a pool in Germany as much of Europe sweltered Tuesday in an early summer heat wave.

Sweltering temperatures in Italy have sparked wildfires, and dozens of towns and On Thursday, temperatures hit 43C near Rome while Sicily recorded 42C as a blanket of hot air from Africa swept through the Image caption A man uses a drinking tap to cool off in Saint Peter's Square in Rome.

According to the met office, the heatwave's height ran from June 25 to July 9, when temperatures were above 28C for 15 consecutive days.

Analysis of previous years also found hundreds of additional deaths associated with brief bouts of high temperatures, for example in July 2016 and June the following year.  

NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said: 'Some trusts have reported record numbers of people coming in to A&E, with increased emergency admissions, often for respiratory problems and conditions made worse by dehydration. We have heard concerns about large numbers of people from care homes requiring treatment.'

ONS data record when deaths are registered but not when they happen. However 77 percent of deaths are recorded within five days.

Refuges for homeless people also opened earlier in the day to allow them to take shelter from the crushing heat.

In the Netherlands, authorities closed certain sections of highways where the heat had melted the asphalt.

The central city of Zwolle, meanwhile, started cutting the branches of some 100 poplar trees. Dutch public television NOS explained that branches could break due to the heat and create danger for drivers or passers-by.

French energy company EDF says it has halted a fourth nuclear reactor, this time one at the country's oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim in eastern France.

In a statement, EDT said the Fessenheim nuclear reactor was temporarily shut down Saturday.

Since Thursday, four French nuclear reactors in three power plants near the Rhine and the Rhone Rivers, including Fessenheim, have had to be temporarily shut down. EDF said the decision was made to avoid overheating the rivers.

Huge forest blaze defies Portugal's firefighting efforts

  Huge forest blaze defies Portugal's firefighting efforts More than 1,000 firefighters supported by 19 aircraft are battling for a fifth straight day a major wildfire in southern Portugal. Authorities had hoped lower overnight temperatures would allow services to contain the blaze. But officials said Tuesday that strong winds are fueling the flames which are racing through dry and largely inaccessible woodland.

People cool off at the beach during the heatwave in the southeastern coastal town of Benidorm. BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes said: "High temperatures in Spain and Portugal are not unusual at this time of the year in the height of summer but what’s to come over in the next few days

Nuclear power plants use water from the rivers to cool down the temperatures of their reactors before sending the water back into the rivers. Rivers that are unusually warm can experience mass fish die-offs, which has happened in Germany in the past week. 

The Met Office said it was unlikely that the overall European highest temperature recorded would be beaten. 

In Moscow, as temperatures rose to close to 86F (30C), city authorities announced they were opening hundreds of 'cool rooms' where residents could rest amid air conditioning, with water dispensers and medical attendants. 

A 48-year-old highway maintenance worker became Spain's first heatwave-related victim on Wednesday when he died in hospital in Murcia after collapsing as he worked on a new motorway.

Authorities also revealed 55-year-old man had been admitted to intensive care after collapsing from the heat in the village of Beniajan, which is also in Murcia and lies just a 50-minute inland from the popular British Costa Blanca holiday destination of Torrevieja. 

His condition was described as stable at Murcia's General University Reina Sofia Hospital.

The heat-related deaths in the province so far this week brought the tally over the last five years in Murcia to a record 16 over the past five years. 

Britain's third warmest July on record

Last month was the third warmest July on record, provisional figures show.

The mean average temperature across the UK was 17.2C (62.9F), behind the 2006 record of 17.8C (64.04F) and also 17.3C (63.14F) in 1983.

Much of the country endured a prolonged heatwave in July, with sizzling temperatures and weeks without rain.

But cooler temperatures and widespread thunderstorms at the end of the month meant no nationwide records were broken, according to the Met Office. 

The hot weather has caused a sacred lotus flower to bloom further north than anywhere else on record, at the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The heatwave brings more hurt to struggling high street

The prolonged hot weather and World Cup fever has scorched the UK high street with retailers suffering another month of negative growth, figures show.

The high street saw a 1.1 per cent fall in total like-for-like sales in July, the sixth month in a row of negative figures, according to accountancy and business advisory firm BDO's High Street Sales Tracker.

Heavy discounting led to sales growing one per cent year-on-year in the first week of July, but footfall fell away because of the dual distractions of scorching sunshine and England's unexpected progress in the World Cup.

Sales declined by more than two per cent in weeks two and three and remained flat in week four as the heatwave intensified.

Year-on-year fashion sales grew 1.3 per cent in July, the first time since September last year that in-store fashion like-for-like sales had grown by as much as one per cent, but this was against a soft base of minus 3.5% for July 2017.

The lifestyle sector struggled in July, dropping 2.6 per cent as retailers failed to match the strong performance of a year earlier when Sterling was low and tourist numbers were high.

However homewares was the hardest hit sector, dropping 11.8 per cent to mark the third month of double digit declines this year.

Sophie Michael, head of retail and wholesale at BDO, said the broader picture pointed to a tough summer on the high street.

She said: 'We've now had six consecutive months with no in-store growth. While the sunshine and buzz around England's World Cup run was a boost for pubs and supermarkets, the scorching conditions did not encourage physical shopping and only hindered footfall in shops.

'Actions taken by retailers, including early and widespread discounting to attract shoppers, will have had a further dent on operating margins.

'While temperatures may have been rising, retailers are being frozen out. Concerns overs personal finances and the general economic outlook has had a downward drag on consumer confidence.

'Summer is proving to be something of a disaster for shops and, with a poor first six months, the pressure is on for retailers to do all they can do to mitigate the impact of 2018 being an unprecedentedly tough year.' 

Heatwave threatens the non-league football season

The relentless heatwave sweeping the UK means that smaller football clubs are struggling to revive their pitches from an unplayable, dusty state.

Kettering Town in Northamptonshire has dumped up to 30,000 litres or water on their ground as the dry spell has left many of the country's teams unprepared for upcoming games. 

Shepton Mallet AFC's chairman Rodney Neale says his Somerset ground is so unfit for play that he worries about promising players breaking their ankles.

Sponsors, volunteers and local businesses club together to run the thousands of non-league teams across the country, with squads also relying on cash from pre-season fixtures - many of which have been cancelled this year, BBC reports.  

This year Shepton has used about six tonnes of sand to plug gaps in the cracked pitch. And in Worcestershire, Redditch Borough Council has advised delaying the season as 'safety must come first'. 

Lincoln City and Lincoln United scrapped a pre-season game, citing the 'detrimental effect' that the heat had on the pitch.

Redditch United's Tom Henman says his squad has swapped fixtures with others so that games that have been cancelled can now be played.    

Tourists making most of record-breaking temperatures 

British holidaymakers are basking in record temperatures as they enjoy their summer holidays amid an extreme heatwave. Eight places in the centre, south and east of Portugal have broken their local temperature records as Europe swelters.

On Thursday, temperatures reached 45.2C (113.4F) near Abrantes, a town in the centre of the country. They are set to build across Portugal on Friday and Saturday, with medical staff and firefighters on standby until the end of the weekend.

In Spain, heat warnings were also issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces as temperatures were expected to reach up to 44C (111.2F).

Temperatures in south-west France could also rise to the high 30s. The mercury is being driven higher by a hot air mass moving north from Africa, bringing dust from the Sahara Desert.

The next few days could see the hottest temperatures recorded in continental Europe. Luke Miall, a Met Office meteorologist, said the record is 48C (118F) in Athens, Greece, in 1977.

Tourists were urged to avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day and remember that children are particularly susceptible.

A spokesman for the travel trade association Abta said: 'We would advise any tourists setting off to the Iberian peninsula, or anywhere else this weekend where they may experience high temperatures, to take a lead from the locals and avoid spending time in the sun during the hottest part of the day, drink lots of water and apply plenty of sun cream.

'If you go to the beach, go early and when it feels like it's getting too hot leave, just as the locals do, and go and have a nice lunch in the shade. The reason they do this is because they know how powerful the sun can get in the hottest part of the day and they do everything they can to avoid it.'

It comes as another blast of hot weather returns to parts of the UK. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the mercury is likely to reach the high 20s and low 30s again, adding that despite the more comfortable temperatures in recent days 'it is not the end of the hot weather for the summer'.

Temperatures could climb back up to 31C in London this weekend, with sunshine returning to most of the country.

Southwark Council said it was suspending the use of barbecues in Burgess Park, south London, after London Fire Brigade warned people to take extra care during the hot weather. 

As Britain braces for more scorching temperatures this weekend: Why the 2018 heatwave could be on course to beat the infamous summer of 1976

As Britain braces for a second bout of scorching weather this weekend, experts have warned this summer could finally break the records set by the infamous heatwave of 1976.

The blistering temperatures in June stood toe-to-toe with those of June 1976, while this summer's July was hotter than its counterpart 42 years ago.

If Britain is hit by a hotter-than-average August - as has been forecast by advanced computer models - 2018 could be the hottest summer ever recorded.

This year's prolonged heat is the result of a number of factors, including extended high pressure and higher than average surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean.

Experts have also warned that rising global temperatures caused by climate change are making the heatwaves gripping the northern hemisphere more ferocious and more likely.


Simon Lee, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: 'What makes this heatwave special is it's occurred alongside other heatwaves across the northern hemisphere during one of the warmest summers on record for the globe.

'This summer could beat 1976 overall but will need a much warmer than average August.

'Although warm conditions are expected it's difficult to say how the final June-August ranking will turn out.'

The summer of 1976 has been described by experts as a 'yardstick' for heatwaves. 

Forty-two years ago, Britain experienced a heatwave so severe the government introduced a Drought Act.

A Minister for Drought, Denis Howell, was appointed to encourage people to use less water – and purportedly was even ordered to do a rain dance on behalf of the nation.

Average temperatures this June matched those of June '76, coming in at 19.9°C (68°F) - making them the equal second warmest on record.

But July 2018 was hotter than its '76 counterpart with average temperatures of 22.6°C (72°F) - the second warmest behind 2006, which reached 23.2°C (73.8°F).

July 1976 was the fifth warmest on record at 21.6°C (70.9°F). 

The '76 heatwave's record of 18 consecutive days of 30°C+ (86°F+) heat could also be beaten if current weather trends linger. 

The highest recorded temperature in 1976 was 35.6°C (96.1°F) on June 28 in Southampton.

So far this summer the highest temperature hit is 35.3°C (95.2°F), which was recorded in Faversham, Kent, on July 26.

Experts told the MailOnline that this summer-high is unlikely to be broken by the weekend's weather.

A Met Office spokesperson said: 'When looking at the weather for today and the weekend it looks like temperatures may well reach 31°C or even possibly a 32°C today in the south east of England and again possibly on Sunday.

'However, it is unlikely at this stage that temperatures will reach those recorded Faversham in July.'

The UK's current all-time record temperature for July stands at 36.7°C (98.1°F), which was recorded at Heathrow in July 2015. 

In 1976 Britain was hit by 18 consecutive days of 30°C+ (86°F+) heat - double the longest run in 2018 so far. 

Meteorologists say both heatwaves are the result of warmer surface waters in the Atlantic Ocean and lingering high pressures above Europe.

Periods of high air pressure cycle periodically over Earth, causing temperatures to rise well above average.

But this pressure is rarely sustained for such a long period.

The sustained pressure is cause by a weak jet stream - the column of strong winds around five to seven miles (8-11km) above the surface of the Earth that drives weather patterns around the planet.

The stream forms over long periods due to temperature differences between the northern and southern hemispheres, and at its weakest brings settled weather patterns that leave temperatures unchanged for days, or even weeks at a time.

The jet streams of 1976 was extremely weak - as is the one we are currently experiencing.

This means areas of high-pressure form over parts of the northern hemisphere and take a long time to move on, experts said.

Jet streams are the result of a complex mix of phenomena, and become especially weak during the summer months when there is only a small temperature difference between northern and southern regions either side of the stream.  

An unusual mixture of cool water near Greenland and close to the British Isles, as well as warm water further south, has been linked to warm, dry UK summers.

The addition of sustained high pressure means hot weather patterns don't move east, leading to lengthy bouts of heat.

Speaking to MailOnline last month, Professor Len Shaffrey, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, said: 'The high pressure means that the storms we occasionally get at this time of year are being steered much further northwards towards Iceland. 

'The high pressure system is unusually persistent and has been building up over Europe throughout spring and early summer.'

Scientists warned last week that rising global temperatures caused by human activity are making the heatwaves gripping the northern hemisphere more likely.

Professor Peter Stott, Met Office science fellow in attribution, likened the increased chances of a heatwave to rolling a dice and getting a six – but that climate change was weighting the dice. 

'What we've seen this summer is repeated throws throwing up a six in different parts of the world.

'If you get a six over and over again you start to think 'This is not normal, somebody has given me a loaded dice'.'

He said the chances of the 2003 heatwave in Europe happening was more than doubled by climate change, and predictions by climate models that heatwaves would increase in frequency 'are coming true before our eyes'.

He said the 'jury is out' on the extent to which climate change is affecting the jet stream, whose current pattern is keeping an area of high pressure to the west of Britain and causing the hot, dry weather.

But he said: 'It's settled into a pattern here this summer, and what that means when it's in this pattern, the Arctic temperatures are very much warmer, and temperatures are globally very much warmer, it's fuelling these heatwaves.' 

Key to both the 1976 and 2018 heatwaves is the combination of several weather phenomena coming together at once. 

Britain will roast in 86F today before THUNDERSTORMS create a North-South divide on Wednesday... but heatwave will then return and could last until OCTOBER

Britain's sweltering temperatures are set to plummet next week as thunderstorms bring the heatwave crashing to a halt.

Forecasters predict the searing heat will nose-dive from the low 80s enjoyed this weekend into the 60s from Wednesday.

A North/South divide is also expected to emerge early next week, with heavy rain in the north while the south continues to bask in the sun.

And the country will continue to roast in 86F today, with dry and hot weather dominating the weather landscape from north to south.

Temperatures will soar from 64F to 82F in London as they day goes on, with the hottest hours between 5pm and 7pm.

The Meteorological Office previously warned that the heatwave could last until October.

Litter was left strewn across the beach in Brighton this weekend as holidaymakers descended for the LGBTQ pride march through the city.

Plastic bags, bottles and food packets were overflowing from a yellow bag marked 'Litter' on the shore, as well as numerous bins.

Rubbish pickers tried to tidy up the mess today, walking along the beach with blue bin bags and tongs to pick up the waste.

Meanwhile in London, sunbathers enjoyed the sweltering temperatures in Hyde Park this afternoon.

They were stretching out on the grass - which has become discoloured due to the sun beating down on the capital this summer - and catching some rays.

Horse riders, cyclists and joggers were seen passing through the popular spot, where people were swimming and riding pedalos in the Serpentine.

Hoverboards also made an appearance in the park as Londoners relished the last few hours of the sunny weekend.

Becky Mitchell from the MET Office said: 'Today it will be dry and sunny across the bulk of England and Wales with possible rain overnight, mainly for Scotland, with highs of 84F possibly 86F.

'There will be a North/South split on Monday with potential for heavy rain in the north but staying dry, sunny and hot in the south with highs of 86F.

'The South East will be hot into Tuesday with potential thunderstorms.'

Mid-week it is looking 'considerably fresher' with temperatures dropping to the high 60s.

Bournemouth in particular has been benefitting from the boiling weather this summer.

The seaside resort has hit its annual income target for beachfront attractions four months early thanks to the heatwave, with hotels and restaurants enjoying as much as a 40 per cent upturn in trade.

One hotelier even said his guests are starting to reserve pool-side sunbeds by getting up early to put their towels down like in Spanish hotels.

It is estimated that 100,000 people are currently visiting Bournemouth every weekend.

But the scorching temperatures have taken their toll in some parts of the country.

In Norfolk, organisers of Sheringham Carnival have decided to scrap the firework display and torchlight procession tonight because of fears that the hot, dry weather will lead to wildfires breaking out.

They have said the annual tradition is too much of a risk to the environment this year.

Huge forest blaze defies Portugal's firefighting efforts .
More than 1,000 firefighters supported by 19 aircraft are battling for a fifth straight day a major wildfire in southern Portugal. Authorities had hoped lower overnight temperatures would allow services to contain the blaze. But officials said Tuesday that strong winds are fueling the flames which are racing through dry and largely inaccessible woodland.

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