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Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave that will last at least a week

  • People sunbathe at a beach in Castelldefels, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 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 temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    People sunbathe at a beach in Castelldefels, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 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 temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • People cool off as they  enjoy refreshing in a public pool in Radebeul near Dresden, Saturday July 4, 2015.  From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they are expected to stay high through the weekend.  ( Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

    People cool off as they enjoy refreshing in a public pool in Radebeul near Dresden, Saturday July 4, 2015. From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they are expected to stay high through the weekend. ( Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this aerial view picture  visitors   enjoy the sun at  Lake Wannsee  public pool  in Berlin Saturday July 4, 2015. From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they are  expected to stay high through the weekend.  ( Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP)

    In this aerial view picture visitors enjoy the sun at Lake Wannsee public pool in Berlin Saturday July 4, 2015. From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they are expected to stay high through the weekend. ( Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Spain's meteorological agency is warning people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over coming days.

The agency said Saturday that "temperatures will be significantly higher in much of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands," exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) and reaching 40 C (104 F) in much of the southern and eastern parts of the country.

The forecast predicted some respite in the form of showers and thunderstorms on July 10-11.

Last week, weather stations across Spain warned people to take extra precautions because high temperatures increase the risk of devastating wildfires.

Across the border, Portugal is also braced for fires after an exceptionally dry winter and the hottest and driest June for 12 years. Almost 54 percent of mainland Portugal is enduring severe drought.