A “very unusual” heat episode would push the thermometer into the 40s.


In many places what are known as “tropical nights” will occur in which the thermometer does not drop below 20 °C.

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The current episode of heat is “very unusual” for mid-May, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year, and The thermometer shoots up to 40 degrees in some places on the peninsula over the next few days.

According to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Emet), summer is going to be dominant throughout the week, with very high temperatures, much like mid-summer, 35. with values ​​greater than degree in many places and for the first time this year, 40 in some places.

The hot episode is so unusual that, if the forecast is confirmed, it could become, according to AEMET spokesman Ruben Del Campo, The most important in the last twenty years in the peninsula and the Balearic Islands Both maximum and minimum in terms of average temperature.

Apart from the high temperatures, which will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal in mid-May, the minimums at this time will also be 5 to 10 degrees above normal, so this will happen in many places as it is known. “Tropical nights”—when the thermometer doesn’t drop below 20 degrees—.

Ruban del Campo has reported that this reversal of temperature will be particularly important. Starting from next Wednesday Sunday 22 . will lastAnd during those days it will exceed 34 or 35 degrees in the middle hours of the day over large areas of the center and south of the peninsula, and also in the Ebro Valley.

“It is possible that we are already talking about the first 40 degrees of maximum temperatures this year, especially by Friday, in the Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys, and specified that these temperatures can be reached.” Cities like Badajoz, Seville or Cordoba.

Temperature will not drop till 22-23 May

In other cities such as Zaragoza, Madrid or Toledo, it will probably exceed 38 degrees, Ruben del Campo has reported, and announced that the night temperature will also be much higher, as in many points it will not fall below 20.

Emmett’s predictions, he explained, show that on Monday the 22nd, and specifically Tuesday the 23rd, the temperature will drop again and They are already located in values ​​that are more suitable for these dates.

Rubén del Campo has warned that the risk of fire is high with these high temperatures and recalled that the ultraviolet ray index is already very high at this time of year, and highlighted the importance of taking extreme precautions. Because extreme heat can cause health problems for many people.

input of Dust in suspension may also come with hot air, Which will reach mainly in the south, east of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.

An AEMET spokesperson explained that the reason for these high temperatures is so unusual and unusual for this time of year. The arrival of very warm air masses from the north of the African continentTo which it adds atmospheric stability and the high pressure established on the peninsula.

These high pressures would favor the descent of air, events in its path from the middle levels of the troposphere to the lower layers, and that the air compresses and warms, raising the temperature even more.

Rubén del Campo explained, adding, that the days are already long, as the hours of sunshine in mid-May are practically the same as those of the first fortnight of August, so that many hours of sunshine make the environment particularly warm. Do it

Present some examples Temperatures on the peninsula above 40 degrees in the month of May, Ruban del Campo recalled, citing In 2015, 42 were exceeded in some points in the Valencian Community and the Canary Islands.

However, this episode may theoretically be the most significant in terms of mean temperature, i.e., unusually high maximum and minimum temperatures over the region of the peninsula and Balearic Islands over the past twenty years. ,

Canary Islands will survive this situationWith typical temperatures for this time of year, an AEMET spokesperson explained.

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