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The heatwave topped 40C at more than 30 stations on Wednesday and after some relief today, mercury will rise again tomorrow


Córdoba was the hottest provincial capital with 42.2 °C


The episode of high temperatures will last at least until Tuesday next week and the following days will continue to be hot, as reported by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which highlights that mercury exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in more than 30 years this Wednesday has weather stations.

The AEMET spokesman Rubén del Campo has specified that the warm anomaly will persist or even increase to a certain extent over the next few days, especially in the marine waters between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, warning that these values ​​favor At the same time, nights in coastal cities are very hot because the wind mechanism that cools the area during the day is not as efficient. In addition, he pointed out that the feeling of embarrassment due to the high relative humidity in the Mediterranean will be felt.

In particular, he points out that in the coming days “the intense heat will continue”, although this Thursday the mercury records slight declines that will be more pronounced in the northern third and in points of the upper Ebro the decline will be more pronounced.

This relief will be short-lived, however, as Friday sees temperatures picking up again after this “slip” in temperatures. The rest of the country is expected to see modest declines and temperatures in general to hold up “at least until Tuesday next week” with no major changes.

Looking ahead to the weekend and until Tuesday, the maximum temperature of 35ºC will be exceeded by 38ºC or 40ºC in the Ebro Basin, in the northern plateau, in the central area, in much of the southern half and in the interior of the Mediterranean municipalities and in the Balearic Islands.

In addition, he adds that temperatures on the shores of the Mediterranean will not be as high as inland, but will definitely be “comfortably” above 30C, for example in Barcelona, ​​​​​​Valencia or Alicante, the between 33 and 35ºC.

At night, nights are tropical in the northeastern peninsula, the Mediterranean peninsular and the Balearic Islands, and much of the central and southern peninsular. It also does not exclude that in the same areas and especially in the coastal cities of the Mediterranean, in large cities in the center of the peninsula, especially towards the end of the week, a hot night with more than 25 ° C.

For the Canary Islands, the warm environment is forecast to continue for the rest of the week and also the first days of the next, with very hot early morning hours above 25ºC, and in the Gran Canaria midland they will be back to daily values above 32 ° C in the south of the islands and can exceed 36 ° C or 38 ° C in the central plateau of the south of Gran Canaria.

On the other hand, it has indicated that skies will be partly cloudy or clear from this Friday and early next week, except in the Bay of Biscay where there may be light rain this Thursday and Friday and in general these days storms will continue to form in the afternoon, particularly in the northern half of the peninsula where they can be locally strong and accompanied by violent gusts of wind and hail, particularly in the Pyrenees and the rest of the areas are not excluded.

Del Campo does not rule out that some of these phenomena will be accompanied by little or no rainfall, a phenomenon known as dry storms, which can be accompanied by essential electrical equipment and strong gusts of wind that can encourage the emergence of wildfires. For this reason, it is warned that the risk will be very high or extreme in most of the interior of the peninsula.

“It is possible that this episode will be classified as a heatwave based on recorded temperature records and those predicted for the next few days. Therefore, it could be defined as a heat wave that would have started on the 30th or 31st and will last until next August 5th or 6th,” he specified.

Whether it’s a heatwave or not, what’s striking is that very high nighttime and daytime temperatures will persist across much of Spain, at least until Tuesday across much of the northern half of the peninsula. The maximum temperatures over the next few days will be between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius higher than usual for the time and between 3 and 5 degrees above average values ​​for the time.

In most other areas and also, although there is still uncertainty about this, it is possible that temperatures will start to rise again in the second half of next week.


Del Campo is forecasting unusually high temperatures for the season through mid-month across most of the north and center of the peninsula, as well as the peninsula’s Mediterranean coast, the Balearic Islands and with levels generally typical of the season in the extreme south. High temperatures will remain the dominant note this summer.

The episode of high temperatures affecting this first week of August left temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (ºC) this Wednesday in more than thirty meteorological stations of the main network. The AEMET states that the highest value was reached in Xátiva (Valencia) with 42.9 ºC and in Córdoba, the hottest provincial capital, with 42.2 ºC.

In the Canary Islands they also had a hot Wednesday, as they exceeded 40ºC in the central part of Gran Canaria, like the 41ºC of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, which did not drop below 29ºC at night, just like in Agüimes. The nights were hot, especially on the shores of the Mediterranean, in the Peninsula and Balearic Islands, in the Ebro Valley and in places of the central zone, as in Almería, which did not fall below 25.9ºC; Barcelona Airport at 25.2°C; Madrid-Retiro, 24.9 ºC, that’s not a hot night, but almost.

In any case, Del Campo has commented that Madrid have eight hot nights this summer, “much more than any other summer before” as there is a triple draw so far between 1995, 2012 and 2017, with three hot nights each of these three . Summer.

On the other hand, it is reported that there were also storms this Wednesday, particularly in the northern half, and that they reached strong intensity in the Aragonese Pyrenees, even locally torrential, with more than 10 liters per square meter in ten minutes in Canfranc .

Regarding the sea water, the spokesman has commented that at this time in the Mediterranean Sea it reaches 28 to 30 ° C, while at the moment on the coast of the Levant Peninsula it is between two and three degrees above normal in relation to the weather of the first week of August. In the southeast of the peninsula, on the Murcia coast and in eastern Andalusia, the water temperatures are up to 4°C warmer than normal and in the Balearic Islands between 3 and 4°C.


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