Saturday, September 30, 2023

The AEMET warns of a possible fourth heat wave

As a result, temperatures today will exceed 35°C in much of Spain and the Balearic Islands, and tropical nights in excess of 20°C will also affect many areas of the country, although this is true in the inland areas of the central and southern peninsulas and the Mediterranean There will be scorching hot nights in excess of 25 °C, so there will be three days of “very high” high and low temperatures for this time of year, according to the spokesman.

As for the maximum temperatures, they will be close to 40°C in the valleys of the Ebro, Tagus, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, and other areas, and although the values ​​in the Mediterranean will not be as high, the feeling of embarrassment will be be “strong” due to the high relative humidity.

In this way, the heat is expected to become intense this Thursday and Friday in the northern and eastern thirds of the peninsula, spreading to most of the country over the course of the weekend due to the arrival of a “very warm” climate due to the high air pressure above Spain, which can also experience airborne particulate matter, which would worsen air quality.

For all these reasons, AEMET does not rule out that this warm episode is the fourth heat wave of this summer, but warns of the “extreme” risk of fire given the low rainfall, high temperatures, and aridity of the environment.

Regarding rainfall, the spokesman explained that this will be low due to anticyclonic conditions, which will result in dry and sunny weather, although the entry of a front that will affect western Galicia is advanced and could bring “persistent” rains “Weaker” storms would arrive elsewhere in the Cantabrian Sea, in addition to some isolated storms in mountainous areas.

More precisely, high temperatures will prevail this Thursday in parts of the eastern, central, and southern peninsulas as well as in the Balearic Islands, reaching 38 oC in places like Zaragoza or Toledo, so that the day will be fully summery. However, during the afternoon, there will be some storms in mountainous areas in the east of the peninsula.

Temperatures will continue to rise this Friday in the Mediterranean and Cantabria, especially in the latter, where they will be between 6 oC and 8 oC higher than the day before. For example, in cities like Bilbao, Logroo, Pamplona, ​​​​​​Córdoba, Granada or Murcia, among others, the temperatures will be around 38 °C and in Zaragoza even reach 40 °C.

However, the arrival of a front in Galicia on Friday will bring “abundant” cloud cover and “persistent” rain to the west of the municipality, which could accumulate more than 40 liters per square meter in just 12 hours in some areas.

On the other hand, temperatures will generally be rising across the country, with partly cloudy skies to be expected, although rain is expected to continue in Galicia and to a lesser extent in Asturias on Saturday, in addition to some afternoon storms in the Pyrenees.

Thermometers will show temperatures between 5 oC and 10 oC higher than normal for the season in the northern, eastern, and southern thirds of the peninsula and Balearic Islands, with a high of more than 35 oC on Saturday and 40 oC in parts of the month in Guadalquivir, the interior of the Region of Murcia, and some areas of southern Andalusia and the Ebro Valley.

The thermal rise will continue on Sunday as well, with temperatures exceeding 35°C in much of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and around 40°C in the Ebro Valley, Guadiana, and Guadalquivir, some parts of the Tagus River, and other areas of Andalusia.

As a result, temperatures in the north will be between 10°C and 15°C above normal, with most of the country between 5°C and 10°C. To this situation are added tropical nights with minimum temperatures of more than 20 °C in numerous areas of the eastern, central, and southern peninsulas and in the Balearic Islands, while stormy nights with more than 25 °C prevail in the coastal cities of the Mediterranean and the Balearic South Peninsula.


Temperatures will continue to rise on Monday while stabilizing on Tuesday, with the exception of the Cantabrian Sea, where they will continue to rise. Therefore, the spokesman warned that it will be “very hot” days with daily values ​​between 5°C and 10°C above normal across the country and between 10°C and 15°C more in various areas of the northern third.

In addition, it generally exceeds 35 °C, except in coastal and mountainous areas, and in low-lying areas of the north-east, central, and south of the peninsula, values ​​vary between 38 °C and 40 °C.

Nights will also be very hot, with lows of 20°C in much of the country while not dropping below 25°C in the Mediterranean and some towns in the eastern and southern interior of the peninsula.

The drop in temperature will begin next Wednesday, which will be accompanied by an increase in instability with storms, the magnitude of which has yet to be determined, the spokesman said.

On the other hand, temperatures will also rise in the Canary Islands by the end of the week, in addition to the arrival of suspended dust with “moderate” winds blowing from the northeast in coastal areas and from the east in higher areas.

In general, the sky will be slightly overcast in the archipelago, with some cloudy patches, and the maximum temperature could exceed 34 oC in areas of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and central areas of the rest of the islands, with temperatures set to continue rising in the beginning of the next week.

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