Record temperature in Portugal

The highest temperature ever recorded in Portugal was in 2003 with a record of 47.3 °C in Amareleja. This was part of the famed heat wave to hit Europe. Specifically in Portugal there were extensive forest fires with 5% percent of the countryside and 10% percent of the forests being destroyed, an estimated 4,000 km². Eighteen people died in the fires. More on the 2003 European heat wave from wikipedia

Source Els Temps de Pico and here

Some interesting environmentally aware holidays in Portugal here at wildside holidays