Heaving Benidorm beaches make you wish you weren’t in skin-melting heatwave

Hordes of British tourists are making the most of the beaches across Europe during today’s scorching heatwave.

In particular, the seaside resort of Benidorm on Spain’s east coast, has proved to be a popular destination for sunseekers.

The hot spot, which has reached highs of 33C (91.4F) today, is a favourite for many families who seek value-for-money holidays.

However many tourists may have got more than what they bargained for as scenes from the beach show it to be crammed full of holidaymakers.

The sandy resort looks so overcrowded that there is barely any space on the sand for jetsetters to walk, let alone sit down and relax.



Hundreds of colourful parasols are pushed closely together along the coast, while sun seekers squeeze their way through throngs of fellow holidaymakeholidrs.

Meanwhile the sea is jam packed full of people looking to cool off in the heat, with colourful floats and inflatables crowding the water.

And the heatwave isn’t set to cool down any time soon as a new weather model map showed an incoming 50C (122F) heat in Portugal and 48C in Spain.

The furnace like heat is expected for 1.5 million Brits on Europe’s hottest day ever on Saturday.



Europe’s all-time temperature record is 48.0C, set on July 10, 1977 in Athens, Greece. Spain’s record is 47.3C, set in 2017.

Portugal’s record is 47.4C, set in 2003.

Meanwhile the Spanish heat will be blowing to Britain, with the 35C (95F) hottest day for three years forecast.

Met Office forecaster Richard Miles said: “48C is the most realistic maximum temperature in inland Spain and Portugal, but there’s a chance it could be hotter.

"People on holiday should be careful in the heat.


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“Warm continental air will move to Britain.

“In England, Friday has 32C possible. It could warm up more as we might see 34C on Monday or Tuesday, with over 35.3C a possibility.

"Scotland has 25C possible on Friday in the East, with Monday and Tuesday similar, with temperatures in the low 20s."

The world’s record temperature is 56.7C (134F), on July 10, 1913 at Death Valley, California, USA.

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