The first day of the heat wave shoots the thermometers to 43 degrees

Up to 47 stations of the network of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), located in Andalusia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha, have registered temperatures above the level of 40 degrees this Sunday, just the first day of an early wave of heat in mid-June that promises to break many records. These are extreme temperatures for this time of year, generally between 5° and 10° above normal values ​​and even between 10° and 15°. The heat podium was occupied by Almadén (Ciudad Real), with an impressive 43.2°; closely followed by Andújar (Jaén), with 43°; and by Montoro (Córdoba), with 42.8°, on a day in which the extreme heat has put seven communities on alert: Andalusia, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid in orange ―significant risk, the second level of three―, while Aragón, Castilla y León and Catalonia the level were in yellow―the first level of the Meteoalert scale―.

In its update of the heat wave warning, the Aemet has extended the duration of the phenomenon, which affects almost the entire Peninsula and the Balearic Islands – except Galicia, the western Cantabrian coast and points on the peninsular Mediterranean coast – “until at least Thursday 16 ”, without ruling out that it can be extended for a few more days. The Aemet warns that if the days are suffocating, the nights are not far behind, with minimums between 20° – tropical nights – and 25° – torrid – in large areas of the south and central zone. In Extremadura, where the 10 highest temperatures in the entire country were recorded on Saturday night, with Navalvillar de Pela (Badajoz) in the lead (33.1 °).

This Sunday the rise in temperatures that began on Monday has continued, although with some relief on Wednesday, and they have exceeded 35 ° in the central area, interior of the south of the peninsula, Mallorca and in the Ebro valley. 40° in large areas of the southern half, especially in the Guadiana, Tajo and Guadalquivir valleys, where in some points it has exceeded 42°.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Aemet advances, the rise in temperatures will continue in the north and southeast of the peninsula and in the Balearic Islands, especially in the Cantabrian area and the upper Ebro. At the start of the week, it will be possible to exceed 35 ° in large areas of the North plateau, high Ebro, southern Galicia, the interior of the eastern Cantabrian Sea and Mallorca and 40 ° in the Ebro valley. In the center and south of the peninsula they will remain at values ​​similar to those of this Sunday.

On Monday, 12 communities are under warning for high temperatures, which is orange in Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Madrid, while it is yellow in Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja and the Valencian Community. On Tuesday, they are extended to 14, with the same autonomies plus Castilla y León in orange. The notice is yellow in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Galicia, Murcia, Navarra, the Basque Country, La Rioja, and the Valencian Community.

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On Wednesday, the agency details, it is “likely that the rise in temperatures will continue in the north of the peninsula and that a decrease will begin in the southwest.” That day, the regions under notice are reduced to 11, with the same six as on Tuesday in orange. In yellow remain the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Murcia, La Rioja and the Valencian Community.

As of Thursday, it is possible that there will be a significant drop in temperatures in the western half of the peninsula, but the values ​​will continue to be very high in the eastern half. In any case, the agency warns, the uncertainty from that day “is high” and the end of this heat wave episode cannot be clearly defined. The cause is an isolated high-level depression (dana) – an air pocket in high layers – that will be located in Madeira and “whose evolution cannot be determined with precision”.

During these days, the formation of storms is also expected in the northern half of the peninsula and in points in the central area, especially in the afternoon. Although heavy rainfall is not expected, it may be accompanied by hail and strong gusts of wind. These storms will cause “a temporary drop in temperatures wherever they occur”, so that the maximums do not reach values ​​as high as those initially forecast.

High temperatures increase the risk of fires that, for this Sunday and Monday, are high, very high or extreme in most of the Peninsula. At the moment, the Pujerra (Málaga) forest fire, declared last Wednesday and which has burned 3,500 hectares, is still active. This morning more than a hundred Infoca troops were working on it.

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