Spanish high intensity heat wave bakes holidaymakers this weekend

 Monday, May 23, 2022 

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A strong heatwave is sending temperatures soaring in Spain as an North African plume arrives from across the continent. The holidaymakers bake in 40 degree Celsius heat as “one of the most intense heatwaves” in years rolls in.

The tourist hotspots like Seville, Cordoba and Granada will enjoy the highest temperatures, with the mercury hitting a record high for May.

The likes of the Balearics Islands, Andalusia, Madrid, and Catalonia in north-eastern Spain are also set for a scorcher. The north African plume has pushed temperatures up to 15 degrees above average, seeing the typical summer peak come early.

Spain’s meteorological agency Aemet described the barmy weather front as “the summer starting in the spring”. But the Spanish government has urged Brits soaking up the sun to remember to stay well hydrated and wear light clothing. The locals were also warned to stay in cool places when possible and to reduce physical activity.

And the city of Segovia also boasted overnight temperatures of above 20C – for the first time ever in May. The meteorologists have activated the national plan for excess temperatures two weeks early due to the tropical blast heading from the Sahara Desert.

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