How long will the second heatwave in Spain last?

The second heatwave of the summer in Spain began this Monday, July 10th, mainly affecting cities in the southern half of the country. As a result, some regions like Córdoba or Murcia are expected to reach or even exceed 44°C. Many living in Spain are wondering – how long will this heatwave last?

High temperatures have persisted since the start of July. In fact, Spain broke a world record on July 3rd by registering the hottest temperature ever recorded. This extreme heat is attributed to the arrival of the ‘El Niño’ phenomenon, which could also bring a rainy autumn to Spain.

Heatwaves occur when temperatures are abnormally high for the time of year. According to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET), this heatwave is caused by “a mass of air of Saharan origin, very warm and dry, accompanied by suspended dust in much of the Peninsula.”

When will the second Spanish heatwave end?

AEMET has issued a red warning for extreme heat in parts of Córdoba and Jaén, where temperatures could climb to 44°C. An orange alert extends to Mallorca, Cádiz, Granada, Málaga, and Seville, with expected highs of 39-43°C. Other areas like Madrid, Albacete, and Badajoz are also under significant risk warnings.

AEMET states this heatwave will likely persist until Thursday, July 13th. After that, a cooling period is expected, although temperatures will remain above normal across southern Spain and the Balearics.

The number of extreme heat days has tripled in Spain since the 1960s. Large areas have seen exponential increases, with interior regions now experiencing temperatures up to 3°C hotter compared to six decades ago.

How to cope with the heatwave

Citizens are advised to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, keep cool indoors, and watch out for signs of heat stroke. Though once considered extreme, such high temperatures are becoming the new normal in Spain. By understanding heatwave timeframes, people can take proper precautions against the heat.

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