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Street thermometers in Spain ’99 percent wrong’

Spain's outdoor thermometers, found in countless squares, roundabouts and bus stops across the land, are leading us to believe the temperature is much higher than it actually is.

Street thermometers in Spain '99 percent wrong'
The highest temperature ever recorded in Spain was of 47 degrees Celsius, contrary to what many street thermometers lead us to believe. Photo: Ricardo Ricote

With all the recent debate about whether this summer will be the coldest in Spain for the past 200 years, it seems more important than ever to get the facts right.

Spain’s official weather agency AEMET, who on Monday apologized for not warning the people of Navarra about the amount of rainfall they would get during Sunday's downpour, has provided national daily ABC with some very relevant information.

According to the weather agency, the highest temperature ever recorded in Spain was of 47 degrees Celsius, contrary to what many street thermometers lead us to believe during the not so sweltering Spanish summers.

Roadside thermometers, it seems, are poorly designed, or at the very least not correctly positioned.

Whenever the sun’s rays hit these street clocks/thermostats, they heat up much faster than the air surrounding them because of their dark colour and the lack of ventilation within the machine.

Their proximity to the dark scorching pavement also makes their thermostats mark as much as 10 degrees more than the actual temperature.

In fact, according to ABC, they are almost always wrong.

The national newspaper has suggested that information panels would provide us all with a breath of fresh air by displaying temperatures taken from official meteorological sources.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.

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