The Spanish Meteorological Service has announced that unusually high temperatures for this season are expected to continue in many parts of the country through the end of this week.
MADRID – Spain’s meteorological agency has announced that unusually high temperatures for the season are expected to continue in many parts of the country this weekend. The heatwave has brought almost summer-like weather to many coastal areas, with people flocking to beaches to sunbathe and take winter swims.
The country’s meteorological agency AEMET said the high temperatures affecting southern Europe were due to an anticyclone carrying hot air masses from further south. The lack of cloud cover is also said to have contributed to the rise in temperature.
AEMET spokesperson Marcelino Nuñez said many cities last week reached their highest temperatures for this time of year in more than 20 years. On Thursday, the eastern inland town of Cherba recorded a temperature of 29.6 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit), he said.
The bureau said minimum and maximum temperatures will average 5 to 10 degrees Celsius (9 to 18 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal.
The good weather has kept beaches from southwest of Cádiz to northeast of Barcelona busy, a landscape typically associated with summer.
Nuñez said it is impossible to blame the current high temperatures on the climate crisis without conducting research, but the trend is that extreme high temperatures, which experts link to climate change, are becoming more frequent. said.
“What’s clear is that climate estimates and long-term climate projections over the last 20 years say that these events are going to happen more and more, and we’re starting to see that happen,” he said.