The thermometer will reach very high temperatures on July 17 in Spain, with mercury 5 to 10°C above average. The 44 ºC could be exceeded in the south of the country.
The mercury is still climbing on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain will again suffocate from this Monday due to “abnormally high temperatures” for the season, announced the national meteorological agency (Aemet).
“We will have very high, unusual temperatures in Spain, even though we are already in the hottest period of the year,” said Aemet on his Twitter account, referring to a mercury that could exceed 44 ºC in the region of Cordoba in Andalusia (south), even locally breaking new temperature records.
Temperatures 5 to 10°C above average
These “abnormally high” temperatures will be on Monday “5 to 10°C above average in much of the interior of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands”. The situation will worsen on Tuesday since in some places, the mercury could be “between 10 to 15°C” above normal.
Object of all attention: the fire on the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, off the African coast, which broke out on Saturday morning and decreased in intensity on Sunday thanks to a drop in temperatures. Still fought by hundreds of firefighters, its evolution remains “favorable”, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
A total of 4,000 hectares of land burned and 4,000 people had to be evacuated, some of whom have already been able to reach their homes, according to the authorities.
Intense heat forecast until Wednesday
In 2022, nearly 500 fires devoured more than 300,000 hectares in Spain, a record in Europe, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis).
The year 2023 promises to be just as risky for this country hit hard by climate change with nearly 68,000 hectares gone up in smoke since the start of the year.
The intense heat episode is expected to last until Wednesday and from Thursday temperatures are expected to drop.
A sign of global warming, the harvest has already started in certain areas of Andalusia, two weeks in advance.
Source: BFM TV