Spain sizzles as June temperatures rise

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Spain is hot and getting hotter.

Television images are showing packed beaches and tourists fanning themselves and seeking shelter wherever possible.

Spain's AEMET weather agency said 27 of the country's 50 provinces were being warned Tuesday of abnormally high temperatures over the coming week.

Among the most affected is southwestern Badajoz with temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) Wednesday and to continue rising.

Madrid was forecast to hit 37 on Tuesday and rise to 39 this weekend. Southern Seville was to soar to 42 (107.6 Fahrenheit) by Friday.

AEMET spokesman Ruben del Campo said maximum temperatures Monday in many parts of the country were between 5 and 11 degrees Celsius above normal.

The agency said the heat wave will last until Sunday, with atmospheric conditions creating a stationary mass of hot air across inland Spain.

Authorities also increased the watch for forest fires given the combination of heat and lack of rain in most parts of Spain, said an Interior Ministry statement.