Spain will experience a very “intense” heat wave and extreme temperatures will be reached in June.
Tourists have been warned of the upcoming heat wave as thousands of Britons travel to the country every week.
The Aemet State Weather Agency said June, July and August will be much warmer than normal.
Aemet’s Ruben Del Campo explained: “The likelihood of the next quarter being warmer than normal is very high.”
The most popular vacation spots, including the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, and the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, will be the most affected.
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The chance of a much warmer summer in the Canary Islands, as well as northwestern Spain, is currently 70%.
Rainfall this month is expected to be below average.
A heat prevention plan has already been launched in the Canary Islands, as well as a monitoring system for the impact of high temperatures on the health of the population.
Health centers have been put on alert and an alert has been issued in some specific areas.
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The alert in the Canary Islands will continue until September 15.
The World Meteorological Organization defines a heat wave as “unusually hot weather” that persists for “at least two days” with “records above thresholds”.
In Spain, the Aemet determines that “extreme temperatures must be registered among the five percent of the hottest, affecting 10 percent of the [meteorological] stations and last at least three days,” explained Rubén del Campo.
The heat wave that begins this week fulfills the three conditions.
It will last at least six days, it will affect at least a third of the country and it will exceed 42 degrees.
Temperatures should be exceptionally high compared to the usual average at a measurement point.
The highest temperature in recorded history in Spain was 46.9 degrees, in Cordoba, southern Spain.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot