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Brutal heat to engulf Spain, France this week

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Staff Writer | June 19, 2017
The historic heat that developed across much of Spain over the past week will continue this week with no relief in sight.
Brutal heat
Weather   Madrid set an all-time June high temperature on Saturday
Madrid set an all-time June high temperature on Saturday when the temperature reached 40.3 C (104.5 F) at Madrid-Barajas Airport.

High temperatures will range from 35-39 C (95-102 F) each day through the weekend in Madrid.

Elsewhere, extreme heat baked southern Spain as the mercury eclipsed 44 C (112 F) in Cordoba last week. High temperatures between 40 and 43 C (104 and 110 F) are expected this week.

While not as extreme as inland locations, coastal areas including Valencia and Barcelona have endured temperatures well above normal for the past week, and this pattern will continue as well.

The only relief from the heat will be isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms that develop each day through Wednesday.

The areas with the best chance to get a thunderstorm will be in northern and eastern Spain on Tuesday and Wednesday, although most locations will remain dry.

A storm system approaching from the Atlantic could finally bring relief from this dangerous heat wave early next week.