A new wave of extreme heat hits the Iberian Peninsula

According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the mercury is supposed to rise to 42 degrees in Extremadura on Monday and reach 41 degrees in Andalusia.

Temperatures above 40 degrees once again choked the Iberian Peninsula on Monday, July 11, as the thermometer will rise again in the coming days, less than a month after the latest heat wave.

The multiplication of heat waves is a direct consequence of global warming, as scientists have shown, greenhouse gas emissions are simultaneously increasing in intensity, duration and frequency of these phenomena.

“exceptional” heat wave

According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the mercury is supposed to rise to 42 degrees in Extremadura (southwest) and reach 41 degrees in Andalusia (south) on Monday. The expected maximum should also exceed 35 degrees in the northwest, where it is generally cooler. This new heat wave, the second in a month,”It looks so extraordinary“It started on Sunday,” said Ruben del Campo, a spokesman for Aemet.The last nine or ten days, making it one of the three longest heat waves Spain has experienced since 1975He explained to AFP.

Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more intenseRuben del Campo continued, recalling that the number of such episodes has doubled in the past twelve years in the country. According to Aemet, maximum temperatures will be recorded between Tuesday and Thursday. However, the agency is unable to determine whether the absolute temperature record recorded in Spain (47.4 degrees in Montoro, near Córdoba, in August 2021), can be beaten.

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Five episodes of high temperatures

Including the current heat wave, Spain has experienced five episodes of exceptionally high temperatures over the past eleven months. Last May was the country’s hottest month since the turn of the century. In neighboring Portugal, the thermometer rose to 44 degrees in some areas over the weekend, favoring the fires, the largest of which were contained on Monday in the town of Ourem (central).

If temperatures dip a little across the country on Monday before jumping again on Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures are still expected to reach 42 degrees in the Évora region (southeast of the country), according to the National Weather Service. In this context, the level of water reservoirs in Spain on Monday was 45.3% of their total capacity, well below the average of the past ten years in this period (65.7%).

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