FOLLOWING a sizzling hot weekend, temperatures are set to soar again today, Tuesday.
Spain’s weather agency AEMET has placed the Costa del Sol, the Guadalhorce Valley and Axarquia, on yellow alert for extreme heat.
The alert will be active from noon today, Tuesday July 6, until 9pm, although the terral wind, responsible for the current sizzling heat, will remain until Wednesday night.
Thursday will see a further rise in the temperatures with predicted temperatures to reach the highest yet this summer.
According to weather expert Ruben del Campo, spokesman for AEMET, the Guadalquivir Valley could see highs of 44C over the weekend, with minimum temperatures above 22C.
Extreme heat, above 40C, is also expected in the south of Valencia, Murcia, eastern Andalucia and the Balearic Islands.
“But it is still too early to talk about a heat wave in Spain,” said Del Campo, who pointed out that for this to happen three requirements must be met.
“The heat must exceed the average maximum temperature by 5C, it must takes place in a large part of the national territory and last for a minimum of three consecutive days,” he said.
A heat wave is considered extreme weather that can be a natural disaster, and a danger because heat and sunlight may overheat the human body and lead to death from hyperthermia.
Severe heat waves can also damage crops and cause widespread power outages due to increased use of air conditioning.
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