Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2019

Spain weather warning: African plume brings sweltering heatwave – temps soar to almost 40C | World | News

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Spanish weather forecasters have warned a heatwave will bring temperatures exceeding 40C to the country. The African plume will arrive from June 24, and a “special heatwave warning” is in place. Silvia Laplana, a meteorologist for Spanish broadcasters RTVE, declared “hell is coming”.

The Spanish State Agency of Meteorology issued a warning today stating a “tropical air mass” from Africa will descend on the country.

From Wednesday, the incoming plume will boost temperatures by more than 10C in some places.

The agency said the air mass is coming in after a “tour” of Africa and is “very warm, very dry and with dust in suspension”.

A large part of the Spanish peninsula and Balearics will see “significantly high” temperatures for the time of year.

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The plume will start from the northeast of the peninsula at Huesca, before moving south and central towards Ciudad Real.

The highest temperatures are expected by the mid-week, in the country’s northeastern tip.

The Ebro valley and the middle and upper basins of the Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir will be worst affected.

Forecasters predict fierce 42C temperatures for the region, and they could rise even further.

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Zaragoza and Navarra are also under orange heatwave warnings, as temperatures could reach and exceed 39C.

In the centre and interior of the southern half and the northeast quadrant of the country, temperatures could hit 40C.

The interior of popular holiday destination Mallorca will see temperatures of 35C or more, as well as the Balearic Islands.

The heat will also pursue into the night, where minimums will still be above 20C, and not lower than 25C in the centre of the country.

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Areas closest to the ocean in the west of the country will see the lowest temperatures, but still an average of 37C.

The heatwave could continue for more than a week, according to Spanish weather forecasters.

AEMET initial estimations predict the heatwave will last until July 1 but could continue for “a few more days”.

Tourist destinations of the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, as well as Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, will not be affected by the heatwave.

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