Spain set to sizzle in ‘hotter than normal summer’

Meteorologists predict that Spain is set for a sizzling summer with temperatures on average 0.5C higher this year than the normal average.

Spain set to sizzle in ‘hotter than normal summer’
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Summer officially starts in Spain at 5.54pm on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.

At a press conference held in Madrid on Thursday, Beatriz Hervella and Rubén del Campo,  from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), warned that Spain was in for a hot summer in 2019.


“it is more likely that it will be hotter than normal in the peninsula and the Balearic Islands”, with an average of 0.5ºC above the usual (based on data recorded between 1981-2010), although in some specific areas of the western peninsular thermal anomaly of 1ºC is expected.”

She said the provinces of Ourense, León, Zamora, Cáceres, Badajoz and Huelva could see a summer up to 1C hotter than the norm.

It will be the fourth summer in a row with temperatures above average. Last summer recorded a rise of 0.6C and three of the hottest ever summers since records began in 1965 were 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The experts also warned of a high risk of drought in 2019 after one of the driest springs this century.

Rainfall since last October is 15 percent below the normal average across Spain as a whole but as high as 25 percent in some places. For example, Madrid did not experience a single rain shower during the month of May, although April was marked by torrential downpours.

READ MORE: How to survive summer in the city in Spain

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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.