An URGENT heat warning has been issued for Scots traveling to Spain in the coming days.
As the holiday season begins, parts of Europe will experience extreme heat this week and temperatures could hit record highs.
STV Weatherman Sean Batty said parts of North Africa and the Middle East had reached 50C – and the sweltering weather was on its way to southern Europe.
This means that popular tourist spots will be hotter than usual at this time of year.
If you fly to Spain’s Costa del Sol and head for busy beach towns like Torremolinos or Fuengirola, the temperature will peak at around 35-38°C over the next few days.
The Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca will be in the mid 30’s.
The north of Mallorca will probably be the hottest at 36-37°C in Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa.
On the Costa Blanca, where holiday resorts like Benidorm and Alicante are located, as well as on the Costa Brava and Salou, temperatures hover around 32-35°C.
Away from the popular coastal resorts, temperatures will be even higher inland, reaching 42-45°C in places like Granada and Seville.
The extreme heat will move towards southern Italy this weekend and into next week.
Inland, mercury levels will be in the low 40s.
Spain has had a warmer than average spring and summer so far and holidaymakers have been warned of an “extremely hot” period in June.
AEMET forecast a “high probability” that the country will experience a hotter-than-normal summer.
The heat has already intensified in Spain after the country recorded its hottest spring on record and its second driest spring.
Last year was Spain’s hottest year since records began in 1961, and three intense summer heatwaves lasted 41 days – an all-time high.
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