Hot hot hot: Temperatures up to 42C in Spanish heatwave

Spanish weathermen are warning of a continued heatwave starting on Friday and going into the weekend, with temperatures reaching 42C in some parts.

Hot hot hot: Temperatures up to 42C in Spanish heatwave
File photo of a woman with a fan in Seville. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP

Get out your abanico, because this weekend is set to be a scorcher, according to Spanish weather service Aemet.

Starting on Friday, the mercury is set to rise to 40C and above, from Granada in the south, to Toledo in central Spain, up to Lleida in the northeast. Badajoz, Córdoba and Seville will all see their thermometers reach 42C over the course of the day.

In total, 15 provinces are on orange alert – meaning significant risk – for high temperatures.

But it won’t be all sunshine: Storms are set to hit the area around Jaén and Granada, as well as around Salamanca and in Aragón.

Weather warnings for high temperatures on Friday:

Aemet also warned on Twitter that the risk of forest fires is very high, mainly in the south, northeast and northwest.

On Saturday, the country will be mostly sunny and hot, though parts of Castile and León as well as Andalusia will still have rain.

Badajoz, Córdoba and Seville will again be sweating in 42C heat.

Aemet prediction for Saturday:

Sunday is also set to have high temperatures in the interior of the peninsula, especially in the valleys of Guadalquivir, Guadiana and Tajo.


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.