The Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has reported a historically warm air mass that will cause thermometers in Spain to soar up to 15 degrees above normal, to exceptionally high values likely to reach 40 degrees centigrades (ºC) at the end of April, a first since 1980.
According to AEMET spokesman Rubén del Campo, this air mass, forecast for the next few days, could be “the warmest ever observed in Spain during this period for at least 43 years” and will lead to exceptionally high values. which could break April’s heat records by more than 5 degrees Celsius.
On Sunday, thermometers began to climb after a brief break in the heat on Saturday, when the mercury returned to more or less normal values compared to the weather. Thus, the maximum and minimum temperatures will continue to increase reaching the peaks on Thursday and Friday.
Temperatures from Tuesday ranged between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius above normal across most of the peninsula and between Thursday and Friday they will be between 10 and 15 degrees above average and could even exceed 15 degrees above normal on Friday in some points in the south of the peninsula.
The agency’s spokesman clarified that only the Atlantic coast of Galicia and the Cantabrian Sea will be spared this heat, although inside these communities temperatures could exceed 25ºC, as well as on the coast. Catalan and in the north of the Valencian Community.
Nighttime temperatures, high for the time, will also increase. From Thursday, tropical nights – of more than 20ºC – may be recorded in the south of the peninsula and in the Mediterranean area, provide the agency.
This situation could last until Saturday, when a slightly cooler Atlantic air mass will begin to arrive, although even on that day temperatures could exceed 35ºC in the east of the peninsula and in the Balearic Islands.