(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Spain is feeling the heat after temperatures soared this
weekend, reaching up to 15 degrees above average for the season,
citing Euronews .
With some areas reaching a scorching 44ºC on Saturday, this
unprecedented heatwave could make May the hottest month of the
At least 13 regions were on alert due to heat, Spain's State
Meteorological Agency AEMET said, and the temperatures could
provoke storms in five of them.
“These will probably be among the warmest temperatures we've
seen in May in the 21st century,” agency spokesman Rubén del Campo
The mercury rose to 42.3 degrees Celsius on Friday afternoon in
Andujar, in the southern Andalucia region, after reaching 39.5
Two of the region's provincial capitals, Cordoba and Sevilla,
also saw similar temperatures.
The Spanish government advised all to stay hydrated, limit
physical activity and stay in cool areas whenever possible.
The temperatures are unusually high for late spring, with a mass
of hot, dry air carrying dust from North Africa.
AMAET says the climates of North Africa are moving towards the
south of Europe, while scientists warn that heatwaves could become
much more common and intense globally in the years to come due to
the impact of the climate crisis.
This means that by the middle of the century, longer and more
intense periods of drought and, of course, higher temperatures will
be more frequent.
The summers in a relatively cool Spanish city, such as La
Coruña, could be similar to the climate of the Moroccan city of
It is estimated that about two thousand people a year die in
Spain due to excessive heat.
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