Spain prepares for new extreme heat after severe storms and hail

Spain prepares for new extreme heat after severe storms and hail
Spain prepares for new extreme heat after severe storms and hail

Despite some respite from record heat waves, scorching temperatures will return to Spain this weekend after violent storms hit five regions on Thursday with rainfall of up to 40 liters per square meter and hail.

After a weeklong heat wave, with temperatures exceeding 40 ° C in much of mainland Spain and the islands, the stifling weather subsided for several days.

However, this is not the end of the extreme heat wave in Spain this summer: on Friday 20 August, temperatures rose again across most of the country.

As usual, southern Spain will take the brunt of the heat, with temperatures around 40 ° C predicted in Badajoz, Seville, Granada and Cordoba. In the last August 15, the highest temperature in the entire history of Spain was recorded - 47, 4 ° C.

Temperatures will also rise significantly in the northern regions of Navarra and the Basque Country, while milder weather will remain in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, the only regions that have escaped the heatwave in Spain.

In the Canary Islands, where the scorching heat came later than on mainland Spain, but has not stopped since then, the temperature will remain at the level of medium to high thirty degrees.

Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia announced an orange alert on Thursday due to severe storms that brought in up to 40 liters per square meter, according to Spain's national meteorological agency AEMET.

In the provinces of Barcelona, ​​Girona, Valencia, Castellon, Lleida and Teruel, bad weather was accompanied by strong gusts of wind, large hail and rainfall of up to 20 liters per square meter for an hour.

The period of high temperatures throughout Spain is expected to last until Monday 23 August.

The risk of wildfires remains high after a week of wildfires in the Canary Islands, La Rioja, Aragon and Castilla y Leone.

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