SOT, Madrid resident (Spanish): «One must avoid the strong hours of the sun as much as possible.» On Saturday people in Madrid commented on the high temperatures that have killed three people in Spain, amid a heatwave that is gripping large parts of Europe. Two people died in Murcia and Barcelona on Friday, following the death of a person in Murcia on Tuesday. Footage shot in Madrid on... Еще Saturday shows temperatures hitting 40C (104F) as residents take to water fountains, parks and terraces for some respite. «When you leave home and there is air and all that, you get on the street and it burns you alive,» one Madrid resident said. Temperatures in Spain and Portugal are expected to come close to and possibly break Europe’s record of 48C (188F) set in Athens in July 1977. Temperatures in areas of Portugal’s southern Alentejo region reached 45C (113F) on Friday. The Alentejo town of Beja expected to see a peak of 47C (116F) on Saturday. The recent summer, according to reports, might end up to be the hottest ever on the European continent.