Latest Spanish weather update as heat warning is put in place
Holidaymakers and residents in Spain are urged to take precautions as a new extreme heat warning is issued. The holiday hotspot experienced its hottest May ever, with temperatures hitting 40C this week.
It is caused by warm air coming from North Africa. In addition to extreme heat, dusty skies are observed as a result, reports the LiverpoolECHO.
A total of 10 regions are now subject to a heat warning. Even nighttime temperatures do not drop below 20°C in areas where the average for the time of year is between 10°C and 15°C.
Meteorological agency AEMET said it was the first time in over 100 years that the city of Daroca reached 36C in May. Meanwhile, the city of Jaén in southern Spain on Friday recorded its highest ever May temperature of 40C, BBC reports.
Writing on Twitter, AEMET said: “On Saturday 21st May many records were broken in Spain for the highest maximum and minimum temperature. Segovia recorded its first tropical night in the month of May. Daroca reached 36C for the first time in May in over 100 years.”
Vacationers and residents are advised to stay hydrated and wear light clothing. Physical activity should also be reduced and vulnerable, chronically ill or pregnant people should be kept out of the sun.
This comes after both India and Pakistan have experienced extreme weather over the past few weeks, with temperatures nearing 50C. Scientists have warned that the abnormally high temperatures are the result of climate change, with heat waves expected to become more intense and frequent in the future.