Spain is expected to be hotter than Cairo or Abu Dhabi for the next three days from today, Friday. Amid advice on drinking lots of water and doing little exercise repeated across television and radio stations, forecasters are waiting to see if records for June temperatures will be broken.
The Costa del Sol looks set to escape the worst, with milder air giving broadly normal temperatures for late June.
The mass of hot air from Africa affecting much of Europe brought highs over 40 degrees to central Spain on Thursday and there are weather warnings in place for extreme heat, with highs five to ten degrees above the seasonal norm. Much of the valley of the northern Ebro river was forecast to be on red alert today and Saturday.
However, Malaga is forecast to be a cooler 30 degrees this weekend with Marbella a few degrees lower.