BREAKING: Spain furnace claims first victim as lad, 17, dies as heatwave ravages Europe

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The teen died in the early hours of this morning in hospital in the southern city of Cordoba after suffering heat exhaustion while he worked in the countryside.

Officials said he collapsed after feeling dizzy and jumping into the swimming pool at the property where he was working.

The unnamed teenager, who was from the village of Castro del Rio in Cordoba province which is famed for its olive oil and furniture made from olive oil, died at 1.25am today at Cordoba’s Reina Sofia Hospital.

The regional Junta de Andalucia government said it “regretted the youngster’s death and sent its condolences to his family and friends for their loss” in a statement.

The death of an 80-year-old man in Valladolid, northern Spain, has also been blamed on the heat.

He had been walking to the dentist’s when he collapsed around 6pm yesterday in the city centre. 

FURNACE: Temperatures in Madrid today were due to reach 41C and in Zaragoza 43C (Pic: Getty)

Police sources said they believed he had been wearing too many clothes for the 37C temperature at the time.

A 50-year-old who was working in the countryside has also been hospitalised in Murcia in south-east Spain after falling ill.

He was taken to hospital from a health centre. His condition has been described as serious and he is in intensive care.

Police and Civil Guard in Montuiri in Majorca are also investigating whether a 60-year-old Argentinian’s death is the result of a heatwave.

The results of a post-mortem due to be carried out yesterday/on Thursday have not yet been released.

Temperatures in Madrid today are due to reach 41C and in Zaragoza 43C.

HEATWAVE: Saharan winds have brought scorching weather with temperatures exceeding 40C (Pic: Getty)

Across Europe, hot Saharan winds have brought scorching weather with temperatures in some parts exceeding 40C.

Meteorologists put more than half of France on alert for high temperatures, while in Germany rescue services urged people to look out for young children, the elderly and others at risk in hot conditions.

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Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.

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Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.

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