The heat wave, which affects almost all of Spain and already leaves absolute maximum records in the month of June, intensifies this Friday with a new rise in temperatures that will exceed 35 degrees in large areas of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
Forecasts suggest that this episode of “extreme” heat, as defined by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), will end next Sunday when the entry of fresh air from the Atlantic from the north causes a “pronounced and generalized decrease” in temperatures up to 12 degrees lower than the day before.
This sudden drop will be noticeable in a good part of the Peninsula and will put an end to one of the most extreme, early and unusual heat waves that are remembered in Spain during the first half of June since meteorological records exist, as indicated by the Aemet .
Behind will be seven suffocating days in which records of absolute maximums have been broken in June, such as the 41 degrees registered at the Albacete air base on Tuesday 14, or the 39.2 degrees that they had in Cuenca on the 15th and that equal the June 2019 heat wave peak.
On this occasion “many temperatures are being recorded that exceed the highest measured during the reference period 1981-2010 and that accounts for the extreme nature of this heat wave,” said Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the Aemet.
He has warned that this situation triggers the risk of fires, which is “extreme” in almost the entire country, and has recommended extreme measures to prevent disasters such as those that have burned thousands of hectares in eight autonomous communities in recent hours.
Meanwhile, the sultry environment continues and this Friday all the communities have activated heat alerts, except the Canary Islands and Galicia where, however, there is a yellow warning for afternoon storms and strong gusts of wind that could also be triggered in the northern third of the peninsula.
As reported by the Aemet, the heat wave intensifies today in the center and north of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, to exceed 40 degrees in the Ebro Basin, Catalonia, the center and south of the Community of Madrid and in the Tagus valleys, Guadiana and Guadalquivir, anticipation of a very hot Saturday in most of Spain, especially in the eastern half.
Tomorrow, the entry of fresh air from the Atlantic from the north will cause temperatures to drop in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, western Castilla y León, Extremadura and western Andalusia, while in the rest the maximums drop slightly and even rise somewhat in the northeast.
Saturday will be a day of “extraordinary heat” in the northern third of the peninsula, according to the Aemet, and records up to 15 degrees above normal at this time, while in Cáceres or Badajoz they will barely exceed 30 degrees and in Galicia, Asturias and northwest of Castilla y León there will be rains and stormy showers, strong at times.
On Sunday, temperatures will plummet in the center and north of the Peninsula and it will rain in Galicia, Asturias, Castilla y León and areas of the western third and northeast, with the possibility of storms.
In the rest it will be clear and it will still be hot in the Ebro basin, part of Catalonia, the interior of the Valencian Community, Murcia, eastern Andalusia and the Balearic Islands, where it will exceed 35 degrees, while in Extremadura it will not exceed 28.
Next Monday and Tuesday, rains and showers are expected in the northern third of the peninsula and slightly cloudy skies in the rest, with possible stormy showers starting at noon.
Temperatures will continue to be between 5 and 10 degrees above normal in the eastern Cantabrian, Mediterranean area and the Balearic Islands, while in Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura and Western Andalusia they will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal in June.
As of Wednesday 22, it is likely that instability will continue in the northern third and it will be clearer in the south, center, rest of the north of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, where it will also continue to be hotter than normal and cooler in the western half.
In the Canary Islands during the weekend intense trade winds will blow and the skies will be cloudy in the north of the most mountainous islands, with the possibility of drizzle.
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