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The heat wave says goodbye with red signs in Aragón, Navarra and La Rioja

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The June heatwave is starting to say goodbye to Spain, but has one final fireworks display: three red clues “extreme risk, the maximum level of the three provided for by the Meteoalert system” on the banks of the Ebro in Aragon, Navarra and La Rioja. This is the first time the red alert has been activated in the full episode, which is a week old this Saturday and which the state weather agency (Aemet) is likely to end on Sunday, when a drop in temperatures is already making itself felt on that one Saturday in the western third of the peninsula. In addition, there is an orange warning “significant risk, the second level” in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and the Basque Country and a yellow “first level of the scale” in the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, the two Castiles, Murcia and the Valencian Community.

The day will be very hot again, especially in the eastern half of the peninsula. There will be “slight rises” in thermometers at points in the North-East, where it can reach 40° in Lleida, 41° in Pamplona and 42°/43° in Zaragoza, Logroño and other towns on the Ebro banks in Aragon, Navarre and Zaragoza, explains Rubén del Campo, spokesman for Aemet. “These are temperatures between 10° and 15° above average in the northern third of the peninsula and even more than 15° above normal in Navarre and the Basque Country, where the heat will be exceptional,” warns the expert .

With these stifling temperatures, the worst is over in the rest of the country and a drop in temperatures is beginning that will peak on Sunday and Monday. Heat relief will be provided in the western third of the peninsula thanks to the trajectory of the isolated high-altitude depression (DANA) – a pocket of cold air in the upper layers – which blows warm air from North Africa and will, notably now, sweep away by it lets in fresh air from the Atlantic.

But this fresh Atlantic air has not yet reached the entire territory, so the drop in temperature will only be felt in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, western Castile and León, Extremadura and western Andalusia, explains Del Campo. In Cáceres and Badajoz, for example, they will be slightly above 30°. In the rest of the country there will be “slight decreases” in the maximum.

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There will also be some water in today’s weather menu. In Galicia, Asturias and points northwest of Castilla y León, rain and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon, which can be heavy, otherwise isolated storms possible. That The risk of fire remains extreme in most parts of the peninsula.

A storm is forming in the Bay of Biscay on Sunday, pushing temperatures down further. “From its position, the storm will drive fresh air from the Atlantic and temperatures will generally and significantly drop across most of Spain,” Del Campo predicts. The drop can be up to 10° and 12° degrees in the middle and in the north. There will be renewed rain and showers in Galicia, Asturias and northwestern Castilla y León, which are not ruled out in the remaining western third and northeast.

However, it will still be hot in the Ebro Basin, western Catalonia, inland Valencian Community, Murcia, eastern Andalusia and the Balearic Islands, where temperatures will exceed 35°C. On the alarm map Only two heat alerts remain active, and yellow plain, in Aragon and the Balearic Islands. In the rest of the country, temperatures are normal for the time of year, even cool in Galicia, western Castilla y León and Extremadura, with 28° in Badajoz and 26° in Cáceres.


Source elpais.com

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