Get ready for summer: Heatwave hits Spain

Spain is set to sizzle this week as the mercury rises to the high thirties across the country.

Spaniards are braced for an early taste of summer, as the country braces itself for a nationwide heatwave this week. 

But don’t pack away your winter clothes just yet, temperatures are set to cool off the by end of the week. 

Spain’s national weather agency (Aemet) has released a statement warning that temperatures will be "exceptionally high" for this time of year, reaching peaks of higher than 35 degrees.

"An extraordinary rise in temperatures is forecast in northern areas of Cantabria and the Basque country that will see temperatures exceed 30C," Aemet said in a statement. 

The south of the country and the region of Extremadura will experience the hottest weather this week, with temperatures reaching the high 30s. 

The northern region of Galicia will begin to cool on Wednesday as Atlantic winds sweep in over northern Spain, but the rest of the country will continue to bake, according to Aemet.

Temperatures in the middle of the country will exceed 35C while the north of the country and the Balearic islands will see the mercury rise to over 30C, according to Aemet.

Forecast for Wednesday May 13th 

Hottest day – Thursday 

As Galicia continues to cool on Thursday, central and southern Spain will experience the highest temperatures of the week.

The Canary Islands are also set to warm up this week, with temperatures exceeding 35C in Gran Canaria on Monday. Lanzarote and Fueteventura will also see temperatures rise above 35C from Tuesday, with temperatures cooling by the end of the week. 

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