The arrival of summer on Sunday June 21st – a date which also signalled the end of Spain’s de-escalation and the start of “la nueva normalidad” – has also been accompanied by a drastic increase in temperatures across much of the mainland and the islands.
A subtropical mass of air from the African continent pushed temperatures just above 40C in Córdoba, Seville and other cities in the country’s southern Andalusia region on Sunday, leading national weather agency AEMET to place them on orange alert.
The interior regions of Extremadura, Madrid and Castilla y La Mancha were put on yellow alert for temperatures which were already hovering between the 35C and 40C mark over the weekend.
AEMET's temperature forecast for Monday June 22nd
But the heatwave shows no sign of stopping during the working week, with AEMET expecting much of the country to experience 35C to 40C by Wednesday.
Along Spain’s southern coastline, in cities such as Cádiz, Almería and Huelva afternoon temperatures will be 36 to 39C.
In the Balearic islands, the temperature will reach the low to mid 30s by Wednesday.
Along Spain’s eastern coastline temperatures will gradually increase during the first days of the week, hovering around 30C and peaking at 35C by Wednesday.
In the Canary islands, the mercury will also rise but maximum temperatures will stick around the 30C mark.
Spain’s northern coastline has some of the lowest temperatures on the mainland in comparison– just below 30C on average – but there will be parts of Galicia where the mercury rises above that threshold before Thursday.
AEMET has warned that in areas with an orange alert there is a health risk for most outdoor activities, while with a yellow alert the risk is lower but sport isn’t recommended.
The very hot weather, which has coincided with the start of Spain's new normal period, is likely to force authorities to cordon off certain beaches and outdoor areas that become crowded, as was seen in Barcelona over the weekend.