Portugal holiday warning as country declares ‘eight-day state of alert’

BRITS heading to Portugal have been warned of dangerous heat levels which has resulted in an eight-day state of emergency.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 43C this week.

An eight-day state of emergency is in place across Portugal


An eight-day state of emergency is in place across PortugalCredit: Alamy
Temperatures are expected to hit 43C


Temperatures are expected to hit 43CCredit: AP

The country, already experiencing a drought, is fearing the hot weather will result in more wildfires which could affect a third of the country.

Interior Minister José Luis Carneiro said: “The government will issue a warning statement aimed at limiting any activity that could put populations in danger.”

The current restrictions ban access to forests at risk, as well as banning fireworks at summer festivals.

Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency, said emergency services were being placed on high alert.

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It’s not just Portugal at risk – the dangerous tempertures have led to warnings across some of the Spanish islands.

Health chiefs in the Canaries have issued an urgent alert as the temperature across the islands is set to soar into the mid-30s and more.

They are urging holidaymakers to take extra special care in the sun and not to risk heatstroke or severe sunburn.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has activated health risk notices between July 9 and 11 in different municipalities of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and La Palma.

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It's not just Portugal, with Spain and France also facing soaring temperatures


It’s not just Portugal, with Spain and France also facing soaring temperaturesCredit: AP

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