In Spain, the heat wave continues with extreme temperatures expected on Sunday

The heat wave that has hit Spain since July 9 has not ended and extreme temperatures are expected on Sunday in the south of the country, where the thermometer will reach 45 degrees Celsius.

Despite a few days of respite when temperatures briefly dipped below 40 degrees, the country is in the grip of a two-week heat wave. The episode has translated into sweltering temperatures above 36 degrees in almost all the states except the northwest, according to National Meteorological Organization (NME) forecasts.

In the southern region of Cordoba, Andalucia, temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 45 degrees. It is in this region that Spain’s absolute temperature record was set in August 2021 with 47.4 degrees in Mandoro. Due to this heat wave and the lack of rainfall in the Iberian Peninsula since the beginning of the year, the risk “seriousAccording to Aemet, there are fires all over the country.

200,000 hectares burned

In Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, a forest fire has consumed 2156 hectares and led to the evacuation of nearly 600 people, emergency services said on Saturday evening. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), since the beginning of the year, more than 200,000 hectares of land have already burned in Spain, making it the country most affected by fires on the continent.

The proliferation of these events is a direct result of global warming, as greenhouse gas emissions increase in intensity, duration and frequency, the scientists explain.

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Including the current heat wave, Spain has experienced five episodes of exceptionally high temperatures in the past eleven months. May was the warmest since the turn of the century.

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