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Indian summer: Spain basks in unseasonably warm November

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Indian summer: Spain basks in unseasonably warm November
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Beachgoers enjoyed the sun this weekend as temperatures reached the high 20s along the Mediterranean coast.

Forget the autumn chill, Spaniards were basking under clear blue skies this weekend as temperatures reached a maximum of 27C. 

In Alicante, on the Costa Blanca, the beach was packed with sunbathers, enjoying the 25C heat.

Tourist resorts along the Costa Blanca, such as Benidorm, have welcomed record numbers of tourists thanks to autumn's high temperatures.

At the end of October, resorts had sold out of 90 percent of their hotel rooms, the best figures since 2002 according to Spanish daily ABC.

The highest temperatures of the weekend were registered in the Canary Islands. Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz in Tenerife recorded temperatures of 27C.

Spain's national weather agency, Aemet, revealed that the unseasonably warm weather was due to an anticyclone that was currently settled over the country.

While the warm weather and clear skies provided perfect beach conditions for people along Spain's coasts, it was another story in Madrid, where the weather contributed to dangerously high levels of air pollution.

On Thursday, Madrid City Hall implemented emergency measures to try to reduce the air pollution in the city which included reducing the speed limit on motorways to 70km/hour (44m/hour) and prohibiting non-residents from parking in the city centre. 

The weather forecast for Monday shows sunny weather across central, southern and eastern Spain. 

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