A new wave of extreme heat in the Iberian Peninsula

A new wave of extreme heat in the Iberian Peninsula

According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Emet), on Monday the mercury should rise to 42 degrees in Extremadura and 41 in Andalusia.

Temperature above 40 degrees Monday, July 11, caused the Iberian Peninsula to suffocate againWhere the thermometer rises again in the following days, less than a month after the last extreme heat.

The multiplication of heat waves is a direct consequence of global warming, scientists explain, and the emission of greenhouse gases at the same time increases the intensity, duration and frequency of these phenomena.

An “unusual” heat wave

According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Emet), on Monday the mercury should rise to 42 degrees in Extremadura (southwest) and 41 in Andalusia (south). The maximum temperature expected in the northwestern part of the country should exceed 35 degrees, where it is generally colder. This new heat wave, the second in a month, “Seems quite unusual“, Emmett’s spokesman Ruben Del Campo announced on Monday. She started on Sunday, “In the last nine or 10 days, it will become one of the three longest heatwaves Spain has experienced since 1975.“, he explained to AFP.

«Climate change is causing more heat waves and making them more intense“, Ruben del Campo continued, recalling that the number of these episodes has doubled in the last twelve years in the country. According to Emmett, the most extreme temperatures will be recorded between Tuesday and Thursday. However, the agency is unable to indicate whether the absolute temperature record recorded in Spain (47.4 degrees in Montoro near Córdoba in August 2021) could be surpassed.

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Five episodes of high temperature

Including the current heat wave, Spain has gone through five episodes of unusually high temperatures in the last eleven months. Last May was the warmest May in the country since the turn of the century. In neighboring Portugal, the thermometer soared to 44 degrees in some areas over the weekend, fueling fires, the largest of which was contained on Monday in the town of Ourem (centre).

While temperatures across the country will drop slightly on Monday before rising again on Tuesday and Wednesday, 42 degrees is still expected in the Évora region (southeast), according to the National Weather Agency. In this context, the level of reservoirs in Spain was 45.3% of the total capacity on Monday, well below the average of the last ten years for this period (65.7%).

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