Spain Swelters in Hottest Pre-summer Heatwave for 20 Years

Neighbors talk as they gather outside to avoid the heat at night, as a heat wave hits Spain in Algar, August 12, 2021 (Reuters/John Nazca)

Neighbors talk as they gather outside to avoid the heat at night, as a heat wave hits Spain in Algar, August 12, 2021 (Reuters/John Nazca)

The heatwave is likely to intensify on Sunday as temperatures could rise to 43 degrees Celsius in parts of southern Spain

  • Reuters Seville (Spain)
  • Last updated:June 11, 2022, 22:20 Indochina time
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Fans were doing well in the southern city of Seville on Saturday as Spain shone in its hottest pre-summer heat wave in at least 20 years.

Chariot drivers have discouraged the horses that roam tourists around Seville’s historic landmarks such as the Real Alcazar Palace and the Plaza de Espana.

The National Bureau of Meteorology AEMET said temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in Seville’s Guadalquivir Valley and the nearby city of Córdoba on Saturday.

Meteorologists said temperatures could rise to 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Guadiana Valley in Extremadura and other parts of southern Spain later on Saturday.

The heatwave could intensify on Sunday as temperatures could rise to 43°C (110°F) in parts of southern Spain.

A cloud of hot air from North Africa has caused temperatures to rise, and a stifling heat wave across much of Spain could last until June 15, six days before summer officially begins on June 21, US meteorologists said.

Forecasters expected strong winds and storms in some parts of Spain.

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