The temperatures of the next few days will be “unusually high for the time”, according to the predictions of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). This situation will last “at least until mid-August in most of the north and center of the peninsula, the Mediterranean coast of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.”
The heat wave in each province: compare the temperature of each day with the historical average
The suffocating heat, between 3 and 10 degrees above normal values, will persist day and night in most of Spain at least until next Tuesday, August 9, and it is possible that during the second half of the next week the thermometers rise again.
In the extreme south of the peninsula, the heat will continue to be strong, according to Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the AEMET, who has anticipated that high temperatures will persist in the coming days, “the predominant note of this summer of 2022”.
He has also pointed out that, according to the temperature records observed and those forecast, we would be immersed in the third heat wave of the summer, which takes place between the past days “July 30 or 31” until “the next 5 or 6 of August”, a period in which “the strict thresholds of intensity, extension and duration” would have been exceeded to catalog this episode of strong heat.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, some thirty stations in the AEMET network reached or exceeded 40 degrees maximum, with the town of Xátiva (Valencia) registering the highest value, with 42.9 degrees, and Córdoba the capital of the province where it was hottest, 42.2 degrees.
In the Canary Islands, in the town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, they reached 41 degrees during the day and did not drop below 31 in the morning, while on the Peninsula there were also torrid nights on the shores of the Mediterranean, with 25.9 degrees in Almería or 25, 2 at Barcelona airport, as well as in the Balearic Islands, Valle del Ebro and points in the downtown area.
“Madrid capital has already accumulated eight torrid nights this summer, many more than any other previous summer, since until now the record with a triple tie between 1995, 2012, and 2017 was three torrid nights in each of those three summers”, has Indicated Of The Field.
On Wednesday the 3rd, strong storms also stood out, even locally torrential, in the northern half of the peninsula and thus in Canfranc, in the Aragonese Pyrenees, they reached 10 liters per square meter in just 10 minutes.
The next few days will continue to be hot, between 5 and 10 degrees higher than normal for the time in the north and 3 to 5 degrees higher in most of the rest of the areas, although this Thursday they will drop in the upper third, where there will be a “slide” of rises and falls in temperatures between today and tomorrow while in the rest of the country they will remain high.
According to the AEMET, during the weekend and until Tuesday of next week the maximum temperature of 35 or 36 degrees will be exceeded in the northern Meseta, central area, southern half, interior of the Mediterranean and Balearic communities.
Those days will reach or exceed 38 or 40 degrees in the Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys, and on the Mediterranean coast Barcelona, Valencia or Alicante will be around 33 or 35 degrees in the middle of the day, while at night they will not drop below the 20s, as in the northeast and the Balearic Islands, central and southern areas.
During the final part of this week and the beginning of the next, the skies will generally be slightly cloudy or clear, except in the Bay of Biscay, where it could rain lightly today and tomorrow, while the afternoon storms will continue in the northern half of the peninsula, which may be strong and accompanied by strong wind and hail.
In some places it is possible for dry storms to develop – stormy phenomena accompanied by very little or no precipitation with strong electrical equipment and sometimes strong gusts of wind – which constitute “a natural source of forest fires” according to the AEMET.
For this reason, they have advised extreme caution given that the risk of forest fires remains “very high or extreme” in most of the interior of the peninsula.
Meanwhile, in the Canary Islands it will continue to be hot for the rest of the week and during the first days of the next, with early mornings above 25 degrees and more than 36 or 38 degrees during the day in the middle of Gran Canaria and daytime values above 32 degrees in the south of the islands.