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Posted by portugalpress on July 04, 2018

Following a week where “all-time heat records have been set all over the world”, it’s now Portugal’s turn.

A major heatwave is due to start on Thursday and extend the very least until Monday.

Meteorologists are talking of temperatures around 35ºC, but some places will get even hotter - particularly in the central interior. Jornal Economico, for example, is predicting thermometers could reach 45ºC.

This is the climate change we have all been warned about, say the experts.

The Washington Post for instance dubs the situation: “Red hot planet” in a text that lists all the countries posting all-time heat records.

In the UK,where temperatures have been in the 30s for days on end, “road and roofs have buckled in the heat”.

Iran has logged a stultifying 53.7ºC, Spain (around Cordoba airport) 46.9ºC.

Advice? Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, eat foods that contain a lot of water (salads, fruit, etc.), pull down blinds and close curtains, carry water with you if travelling, and if exposing your skin to the sun, load on the liquid protection ‘suitable for your skin type’, wear a hat, sunglasses, loose clothing and ‘think cool’.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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