Spain, Portugal issue health alerts amid scorching temps

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People cool off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an 'extreme risk' to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A couple hug each other among the water streams of a fountain as they cool off in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an 'extreme risk' to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman rides her bike through water streams in a fountain to cool her off in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an 'extreme risk' to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman shakes her hair after cooling off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an 'extreme risk' to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Holidaymakers walk next to a security sign at Cascais' beach on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
Holidaymakers protect from the sun in the shade of the beach umbrellas in the tourist village of Cascais' beach on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
A tourist uses an umbrella to protect from the sun as she goes for a walk by Cascais' beach on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man sunbathes next to the beach of the tourist village of Cascais on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside the Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday evening, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Holidaymakers row on their stand up paddle surfboards in the tourist village of Cascais on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
People cool off at a weir in the evening, after a day with temperatures of more than 37 degrees (98 Fahrenheit), at the Arga River which crosses the edge of Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 C. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Children play soccer as they cool down in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Four men sunbathe on a beach of the tourist village of Cascais on the outskirts of Lisbon on June 29, 2015. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (Photo credit should read JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play as they cool down in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A child ride a bicycle as people lay in the park next to Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Spain and Portugal both issued weather alerts Monday, advising residents to take extra care as temperatures soared above 40 C (104 F) in some southern areas.

The Iberian Peninsula was sweltering in a heat wave brought on by a mass of hot air flowing north from Africa to Europe in recent days, though recorded temperatures fell shy of the day's forecast of a maximum 44 C (111.2 F).

With the temperature in Cordoba hitting 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit), Spanish authorities placed the southern city on alert due to "extreme risks" from the heat. People across the southern half of Spain flocked to beaches, swimming pools and fountains.

In Portugal, a high of 37 C (98.6 F) was recorded in the eastern city of Beja, while the capital, Lisbon, sweltered in 35 C (95 F) heat. Portugal's General Directorate for Health recommended staying out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Iberia is forecast to start cooling down on Tuesday when the heat wave is due to move into northern Europe, including the United Kingdom.

Portuguese authorities also warned of a high risk of forest fires in wooded areas of central and northern Portugal.

Official statistics show that after an uncommonly dry winter and spring, almost 54 percent of the Portuguese mainland was enduring extreme or severe drought at the end of May. With little rainfall in June, that percentage is expected to rise.

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