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Holidaymakers heading to Spain or Portugal this week are being told to expect record-breaking temperatures, especially inland.

Met Éireann have said that temperatures could reach a stifling 48°C in inland parts of the Algarve.

The last time Europe saw such extreme heat was in Athens in 1977. 

"The temperatures will be highest for inland parts of Portugal and Spain," forecaster Harm Luijkx said.

"Most people who go on holidays will go to coastal areas and temperatures will be a bit less hot there – between 30°C and 35°C.

"It might be best to avoid inland areas of Portugal and Spain for the next week or so."

The weather will be slightly different for those of us who are staying at home though.

According to Met Éireann, we should expect temperatures of between 20°C and 26°C with a "mix of showers and sunshine."


Further details are emerging following the tragic death of two people on a beach 20 miles south of Lisbon yesterday.

It is understood that the plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing on the Portuguese beach, was carrying two occupants when it got into difficult at the beach in Caparica.

Reports have established that panicked sunbathers fled the beach in panic when the light aircraft descended and skidded across the land in a tragic incident which claimed the lives of a 56-year-old man and 8-year-old girl.

According to the National Maritime Authority, both individuals died at the scene of the incident.

Local reports on Portuguese television have confirmed that the two occupants, one of whom is believed to be a flying instructor and the other a pupil, were taken by police from the scene.

Speaking to local reporters, the deceased child's father attempted to give a description of the incident.

"We were on the beach at low tide where the water drains from the lake, he said. "I was with my brother-in-law trying to explain to my two daughters and my nephews what a rip-tide is and how it forms."

"One of my nephews pointed out the plane which was flying low by the sea wall. I told Sofia, who died, to run behind me, and she ran as fast as she could."

'When I saw the other children were safe and when I looked round to help Sofia, I saw her being hit," he continued.

"I went up to the man who was piloting the plane and he told me he had lost control of the aircraft. I could have punched him, I had that right, but I didn't do it.'

The cause of the emergency landing remains unclear.



At least 60 people have been killed in forest fires in Portugal.

It has been reported that some people lost their lives while being trapped in cars as the fire swept over the road. Others have died due to smoke inhalation.

The Irish Examiner claims that 60 other people have been injured, including four fire fighters, who have been trying to settle the blaze since yesterday.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa has described it as "the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years".

PM Costa said that the fire fighting crews are having difficulty approaching the area because the fires are "very intense."

However, there are around 700 fighters on scene.

The fatalities occurred in the Pedrogao Grande area, about 95 miles north-east of the capital Lisbon.



Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has rushed to Tires, an area approximately 20 miles west of Lisbon, after a light aircraft crashed into a Lidl supermarket shortly after midday today.

According to emerging reports, the plane, which is believed to have been carrying four passengers including the pilot, exploded mid-air before coming down on top of a lorry which was unloading produce in the carpark of the supermarket.

It is understood that a house and a number of other vehicles caught fire in the aftermath of the aircraft's sudden descent in the area close to the wealthy coastal town of Cascais.

Reports from the scene state that the aircraft left Geneva three days ago and stopped in Marseille before ultimately making its way to Tires.

50 firefighters are currently at the scene in addition to emergency service workers.

All four people on board the plane have been killed.



While most people dream of heading to sunny Spain and Portugal for their summer holidays, they can sometimes overlook the great Scandinavian countries, especially Denmark. Fear not, as we’ve listed six reasons why you should visit the great European destination that is Denmark.

No language barriers
More than 80% of Danish people speak English, so you don’t have to worry too much about language barriers. However, it’s still nice to learn some of the local lingo at the same time.

Food and wine
Denmark has some unusual but amazing cuisine. They also have a great variety when it comes to their restaurant and café selection as well.

It was voted the happiest nation in 2008. So, it’s no surprise that the locals are not only stunning but friendly too.

You don’t have to go to Copenhagen to see some amazing Danish architecture, as Denmark has some amazing building designs all across it's vast country.

Public transportation
Copenhagen is one of the most cycle friendly cities in Europe, but if that wasn’t enough, they also have a great Metro and public bus system in place too.

From LegoLand to the Hans Christian Anderson statue of The Little Mermaid – there's definitely plenty to see in this Scandinavian country.




There is a zipline in Spain that runs from Sanclucar de Guadiana in Andalucia to Alcoutim in Portugal and the hour time difference between the two countries means you are transported back in time by an hour.  Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

However, the 60 second ride is not for the faint-hearted, as you can reach speeds of up to 50mph as you zoom across the Guadiana River.

The 2,365ft zipline was created by David Jarma who said that: “Two villages in two countries, separated by a river 150 metres wide – a zipline just seemed obvious to me.  It also seemed like a great way to unite both places, since a bridge had been talked about for many years, but was never realised.”

The trip is not expensive and will only set you back 15 euros – although you don’t get to spend that much time in Portugal, as there is a boat waiting on the other side to bring you back to Spain.

Looks cool, but we’ll be keeping our feet firmly on the ground thanks very much.