Fans, foggers and ventilos are on display in Spain this Tuesday.
The country is experiencing another day of "extremely worrying" heat.
43 degrees are expected in the south of the country, more than ten degrees above seasonal norms.
“This early heat wave” with temperatures beating “records and which is added to another heat wave less than a month ago” is an “extremely worrying” fact, declared the Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, on public television.
“Extreme” risk of fires
Apart from the regions of Asturias (north-west) and the Atlantic archipelago of the Canaries, almost the entire country was placed on heat alert but the highest temperatures were expected in the center and the south, with 43 degrees expected in Cordoba, 41 in Badajoz or 40 in Toledo, according to the weather agency Aemet.
On Monday, the maximum temperature was recorded in Montoro, in the province of Cordoba, with 42.9 degrees.
As a result of this heat wave, the risk of fires is “extreme” over a large part of the territory, according to Aemet.
According to the meteorological agency, temperatures are "7 to 12 degrees" higher than seasonal norms and this heat wave is expected to last until at least Saturday.
Caused by an arrival of hot air from the Maghreb, this heat wave will affect the south-west of France from Tuesday with temperatures between 34 and 36°C, and peaks at more than 40°C locally, according to Meteo-France.
It must then hit the whole country by the weekend.
An unequivocal sign of global warming, heat waves are multiplying and intensifying all over the world.
Including the current wave, Spain has gone through four episodes of extreme temperatures over the past ten months.
A heat wave hit the country in August 2021 when the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Spain was broken (47.4 degrees in Montoro).
Exceptionally high temperatures were then recorded between Christmas and New Year's Day, while May 2022 was the hottest May since the turn of the century in the country.
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