Spain sizzles in its first heatwave of summer 2016

The first heatwave of 2016 will last until Wednesday and will see temperatures soar to 42C.

Spain sizzles in its first heatwave of summer 2016
The heatwave is forecast to last until Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Spain’s national weather agency, Aemet, has announced that the country will experience its first heatwave of 2016 this week, with temperatures rising to 42C. 

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Aemet has put 38 Spanish provinces on alert for high temperatures, 13 of which are at “high risk”.

The heatwave will be caused by an abundance of dry air in the interior and east of the country, Aemet confirmed.

But respite is in sight; by Wednesday, air moving over the north east of the country from the Atlantic will help to lower temperatures across the country.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the high 30s in Galicia, Cantabria and the Basque Country on Spain’s northern coast, while central Spain, including the capital, Madrid, faces temperatures of over 40C.

The thirteen provinces at highest risk on Monday are: Toledo and Ciudad Real (42C); Cáceres y Badajoz (41C); Córdoba, Jaén, Madrid and Orense (40C); Lugo (39C); Navarra, Vizcaya y Guipúzcoa (38C) and La Coruña (37C).

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