9 Aug, 2022 @ 10:00
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It’s official: July was the hottest month recorded in Spain since records began

Heat Wave In Spain
dpatop - 14 July 2022, Spain, Sevilla: A man cools off in the central fountain in the Plaza de España in Seville. In 16 of the total of 17 autonomous communities in Spain, heat alert should continue today, in some cases even red alert. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez Acuna/dpa

SPAIN suffered its hottest July in more than six decades, confirmed the national meteorological office on Monday.

Data published by AEMET showed that the average temperature across Spain during July was 25.6ºC a whopping 2.7ºC higher than the average from records dating back to 1961.

The highest temperature in July was recorded in Andalucia in the town of Moron de la Frontera where mercury hit 46ºC on July 24 during the second official heatwave of the summer.

That heatwave, which sizzled Spain from July 9 until July 26 was described as ” the most intense, the most extensive and the second longest” ever recorded in Spain.

Aemet analysis also revealed that this year the months of May, June and July have been the warmest on record surpassing even the average temperature for the June/July/August.

It warned that this could herald the early arrival of summer as a norm.

It has also been one of the driest months of July with the least rainfall in the last 15 years.

Rainfall Chart July Aemet
Map showing rainfall across Spain in July. SOURE: AEMET

As a result of this extreme heat and drought, Spain has set to suffer its worst year of wildfires on record.

According to the European Forest Fire Information System some 240,000 hectares had already been scorched in more than 370 blazes by the end of July.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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