This week, Figueres recorded the highest temperature ever measured in Catalonia, at 45.4 degrees. Image: shutterstock
Emmett said the extreme heat wave that had ravaged large parts of the Mediterranean and also battered Spain ended on July 20. Although it was short – from Monday to Wednesday – it was stronger. During these three days, the main network of Aemet, which includes 93 meteorological stations, set 19 new records, of which 12 were records for the month and seven for all categories. If you also count the results from Aemet’s secondary network, with its 814 automated observatories, the number of records comes to 40.
On the first day of the heat wave, Toledo and Teruel had their highest temperatures in July at 42.9 degrees. On Tuesday, a staggering record 45.4 degrees was recorded in Figueres (Girona), the highest temperature recorded in Catalonia since the measurements began and the highest this summer in all of Spain.
According to the researcher Vicente Aupí, as quoted by El País, Spain now has a new so-called “frying pan” near the border with France. Temperatures above 45 degrees were previously reported mainly from the Guadalquivir Valley. Apart from Girona, 14 provinces in Spain have come this far, including Barcelona, Toledo, Caceres, Ciudad Real, Badajoz, Granada, Cadiz, Albacete, Murcia and Valencia.
The heat figures for this month were recorded in Lleida (43.2 degrees), Teruel (40.6), Albacete (41.5) and Daroca (40.5) in Zaragoza. More than 140 Aemets stations have reached or exceeded 40 degrees and in more than 45 stations the temperature has never fallen below 25 degrees, which means so-called tropical nights.
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