Spanish tourist resort Santa Pola hit by meteotsunami

Spanish tourist resort Santa Pola hit by meteotsunami
Spanish tourist resort Santa Pola hit by meteotsunami

The resort in the popular Spanish tourist area of ​​Alicante suffered from "meteotsunami", as a result of which the streets and beaches were flooded, and boats washed ashore.

On Wednesday night, Santa Pola was hit by a bizarre weather incident that caused tsunami-like waves to hit the coastal zone.

Waves of water splashed onto land, damaging fishing vessels and flooding coastal embankments.

Meteotsunami, called rissaga in Catalan Spanish, results from abrupt changes in the atmosphere. They are often caused by weather events such as heat waves.

Santa Pola local police said on their social media pages: "An unexpected meteorological event surprised us tonight, the sudden 'high tide' caused many problems for the moored fishing fleet, even taking a few into the ocean."

"This phenomenon has caused various damage along the coast, so we ask you to be patient while the competent services carry out the appropriate mitigation tasks."

In the coming days, hot weather is expected in Spain and surrounding countries - Portugal and Italy, thanks to the front going north from the Sahara. Some weather forecasters warn that the air temperature will reach 47C, and the heat will last at least until Monday.

A spokesman for the Spanish meteorological service AEMET said: “Heatwave is likely on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands.

This can lead to adverse health effects and a significant risk of forest fires."

Sicily hit 47C on Tuesday, close to the highest recorded temperature in Italy at 48.5C.

Then on Wednesday in Syracuse, located on the southeastern coast of the island, temperatures rose to a record 48.8 degrees, according to the Sicily Agrometeorological Information System (SIAS).

Previously, Athens held the record for the hottest temperature in Europe - 48C, recognized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

In some areas, forest fires are predicted similar to those that engulfed Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

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