Spaniards swelter as temperatures soar

STORY: A cloud of hot air from North Africa has sent temperatures soaring, AEMET forecasters said. The heatwave could last in most of Spain until June 18, a few days before summer officially starts on June 21.

With temperatures reaching as high as 109.4 Fahrenheit in parts of southern Spain, the current heatwave equals the earliest one registered in 1981, according to AEMET.

Many schools in the East region of Badajoz had to close at 12 p.m. local (1000GMT) to protect their pupils from the extreme temperatures registered in the area.

Spain's national weather agency also sent out a warning, saying the heatwave could feel even worse across the country due to presence of sand and dust in the air from the Sahara.

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