Temperatures to exceed 44C in some Spanish cities

(EurActiv, 12 Jul 2022) Spain is bracing for the second heat wave of the year, with temperatures expected to exceed 44ºC in some southern cities.

Thermometers began to creep up on Monday and are likely to stay above 35ºC in most of the country from Tuesday to Thursday, said Rubén Del Campo, spokesman for Spain’s meteorological service Aemet.

However, there will be little respite at night as temperatures will remain above 20ºC in most of the country.

Cities like Córdoba, in Andalusia, and Badajoz, in Extremadura, two of Spain’s hottest regions, could swelter under temperatures nearing 44ºC, according to Aemet forecasts.

Most of Spain’s regions, save for some coastal areas in the north and the Mediterranean, will fall under orange or yellow weather alerts denoting “significant risk” and “risk” of high temperatures.

The heat wave comes with Spain on high alert for wildfires.

Firefighters in La Rioja, a northern region famed for its wine, tamed a wildfire at Mount Yerga on Monday.

This week’s heat wave is set to push up through Europe, rocketing temperatures in France and later southern parts of England, including London.

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EurActiv, 12 Jul 2022: Temperatures to exceed 44C in some Spanish cities