An "abnormal" heat wave is suffocating Spain

Temperatures have exceeded 40 degrees in central and southern Spain. A heat wave suffocated the Iberian Peninsula on Monday, arriving from Portugal. The episode, which takes place a few days after the hottest May in Spain for at least 100 years, has resulted in “extreme temperatures,” Ruben del Campo, a spokesman for the weather agency, told AFP. Spanish (Aemet).

Caused by a localized depression between the Azores and Madeira that is gradually bringing back to Western Europe very hot air from the Maghreb, it began this weekend and “could last until the end of the week.” he added.

“This extreme heat at this time of spring is not normal” and is due to “global warming,” Ruben Del Campo added. According to Aemet, the risk of fires is “extreme” in the vast majority of the territory.

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Global warming at work

According to scientists, the proliferation of heat waves, especially in Europe, is a consequence of global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions increase their power, duration and frequency.

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In the last ten months, Spain has experienced four episodes of extreme temperatures: a heat wave in August 2021 when the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the country was broken (47.4 degrees in Montoro, in the south), “exceptionally high” temperatures between Christmas and New Year’s Day, an early wave in May and the current wave.

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The hot air will arrive in southwestern France on Tuesday, with temperatures expected to reach 35-36 ° C, before spreading to the entire southern half on Wednesday and then to the north. For the southern half, the peak will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with 35 to 39 ° C, or even 40 ° C locally, Frédéric Nathan, a forecaster at Météo-France, told AFP.

This episode could be “a priori, nationally, the earliest since the beginning of the measures,” he said. Restrictions on water use have already been introduced in 35 French departments, or almost a third of the country.

This heat wave comes after a particularly hot and dry spring that has caused a large part of France to have a drought in the soil that raises fears for crops and creates conditions conducive to fires. On Monday, several major fires broke out in a south-eastern region of France, including burning 60 bungalows in one of Europe’s largest campsites in Le Grau-du-Roi. No injuries were reported among the 3,000 registered holidaymakers, according to the prefecture.

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