(Madrid) Peaking in excess of 40 degrees, a heat wave smothered Spain on Monday before reaching France on Tuesday, an “abnormal” episode for the period caused by global warming.
Posted at 2:08 p.m
This episode, coming days after the hottest May in Spain for at least 100 years, is leading to “extreme temperatures,” Weather Agency spokesman Ruben del Campo told AFP.Spanish (AEMET).
Caused by a localized low between the Azores and Madeira, which is gradually bringing very hot air from the Maghreb to western Europe, it started this weekend and “could continue into the end of the week,” he added.
“This extreme heat at this time of spring is not normal” and is due to “global warming,” Mr. Del Campo said.
According to AEMET, temperatures will exceed 40 degrees in the center and south of the country and could even rise to 43 degrees in Andalusia (south), especially in Cordoba and Seville.
And the mercury will not drop below 20 or 25 degrees at night in these parts of Spain.
The “earliest” in France
According to scientists, the increase in heat waves, particularly in Europe, is a result of global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions increase their power, duration and frequency.
In the last decade, Spain has experienced four episodes of extreme temperatures: a heatwave in August 2021, when the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the country was broken (47.4 degrees in Montoro to the south), “unusually high” temperatures between Christmas and New Year, an early rise in May and the current rise.
In France, a record for a month of June was recorded on Monday with 37.6 ° C in Cuers (south-east).
The hot air will arrive in the south-west of the country on Tuesday, where temperatures could reach 35-36C, before spreading across the entire southern half and then north on Wednesday.
For the southern half, the peak will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 35-39C or even 40C locally, Frédéric Nathan, meteorologist at Météo-France, told AFP.
This episode could be “a priori, at national level, the earliest since the beginning of the measures”, he specified.
Restrictions on water use have already been introduced in 35 French departments, almost a third of the country.