SEVENTEEN Spanish provinces have been put on orange and yellow alerts for this weekend as a heatwave is set to sweep Europe once again.
The State Meteorological Agency says temperatures ranging between 38 and 40 degrees will strike many parts of Spain, although the coasts should miss the worst of the heat.
Andalucia has orange alerts (significant risk) in Cordoba and Jaen, where thermometers will rise to 40 degrees in the Cordoban countryside and the Guadalquivir valley. Almeria, Granada, Sevilla and Huelva have yellow warnings for maximums between 37-39 degrees.
Madrid is on yellow alert for temperatures of 37 degrees in the metropolitan area, Henares, south and west and Las Vegas, while the mountains are expected to see up to 35 degrees.
All of Castilla-La Mancha is on a yellow warning for high temperatures up to 38/39 degrees.
In Extremadura, the heat will be most intense at Barros, and the Guadiana plains, with values that will reach 38-39 degrees.
The provinces of Zaragoza (Aragon) and Avila and Salamanca (Castilla y Leon) have activated yellow alerts for temperatures up to 37 degrees.
High temperatures are not confined to Spain, with a heatwave expected to hit Western Europe and the British Isles, lasting for several days.